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Picture perfect puffins

To celebrate puffin season, conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, launched a puffin photo Facebook competition. A different winner was selected each week, with 150 images submitted over the 4-week competition, and it was up to award-winning photographer, Tom Langlands, to select each week’s winners.

Tom said: “Puffins are a ‘red status’ bird in terms of conservation – this means that they are of greatest concern with numbers having declined rapidly in recent decades. It is therefore wonderful to see so many amazing images of these ‘clowns of the sea’ – not just because all the contestants took great puffin pictures but mainly because they got out there and saw the birds in their natural habitat.

Beverley Thain

“Taking great images is a nice thing to do and it also has the added advantage of raising awareness of wildlife. It was a pleasure and an honour to see so many wonderful puffin images from a host of different places. I had a lot of fun judging the competition and I do hope that everyone who took part got pleasure from it too.”


The four winners were William Dickson (Kirkcaldy), Craig Newton (Edinburgh), Beverley Thain (Peterhead) and Neil Henderson (Cornwall), who each received a photography voucher to the value of £50.


Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, added: “As a conservation and education charity, we focus on encouraging people to engage with nature in a fun yet sustainable way.


“Our visitors are able to control the interactive live cameras to see puffins in their natural habitat, with a further chance to see them on one of our boat trips. Notably, the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain with around 90,000 on the island.


“Congratulations to all the winners and those commended. Seeing everyone’s stunning images has really reinforced how popular puffins really are and how important it is that we look after this threatened species for future generations.”




Scottish Seabird Centre


  • The Scottish Seabird Centre is an independent visitor attraction as well as a conservation and education charity dedicated to inspiring people to enjoy, learn about and look after our wildlife and natural environment.
  • Follow the Scottish Seabird Centre on Facebook/ScottishSeabirdCentre. Twitter @SeabirdCentre and Instagram @seabirdcentre
  • For more information on the Scottish Seabird Centre visit

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