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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT – Wild Scotland #keepscotlandwild Photography Competition

Over the course of May 2021, Wild Scotland ran a #keepscotlandwild photography competition. Participants were encouraged to share pictures on Instagram either of people enjoying Scotland’s outdoors actively and responsibly or of Scottish landscapes, nature and wildlife along with the hashtag #keepscotlandwild. The winner will receive the perfect items for plastic-free and leave no trace packed lunch. A 21oz flask from the brand Hydro Flask and a reusable beeswax wrapper from BeeBee & Leaf. Full competition details here.

The competition closed on the 31st of May with over 500 entries! Out of this, 10 images were shortlisted, and 9 images were presented to the judging panel with photographer permission on the 3rd of June. (See the #keepscotlandwild judging panel here.)

And the winner is…

Arran from Ardrossan at sunset. Taken by Alex (Marty) McNaughton. 19/05/2021.


Alex (Marty) McNaughton was selected unanimously as the winner by the judging panel with his sunset picture of Ardrossan beach. The picture was taken on the 19th of May, 2021. When selected for the shortlist Alex said, “It was taken on a Fuji xt3 with 18-55 lens on a tripod. It was taken with an f16 aperture to make the sunburst. The cyclist is Nicky Turner from West Kilbride who just happened to turn up as I was photographing the sunset with long shadows on the old timbers on the beach.  We chatted and he is a retired employee of Ordnance Survey and loves cycling in Scotland.” After being informed that he was the winner Alex commented, “It’s really pleasing to have won the completion and to receive a price. The old saying goes – the right place at the right time – certainly holds for landscape photography.”

Rupert Shanks, who was on the judging panel and is a professional outdoor photographer/videographer working with Wilderness Scotland commented, “I was delighted to be part of the judging panel on the Wild Scotland photography competition. It was such a strong range of images celebrating the best of Scotland’s outdoors. What I loved about Alex’s sunset shot at Ardrossan was not only the epic sunset view, but the way this light was bringing out the textured ripples across the beach. That wavy pattern is so symbolic of the seaside for me, I could almost feel the sand between my toes. The way the driftwood was composed in the shot added a real 3-dimensional feel as the shadows cast long across the foreground, giving me a sense of actually being there. Finally, the reflected mountain biker gave a Dali-esque dreamy feel. This encapsulates the sensation of those peak outdoor experiences; when a sense of wonder washes everything else away. That’s what Scotland’s wild places can do for us if we let them and this image is a perfect reminder.”

Alice Basson, also on the judging panel and Senior Marketing Executive at GRM Marketing added, “Alex’s image really captured my eye due to the stunning lighting and the feeling the image was ‘a moment captured.’ All the judges felt it fulfilled the brief engaging with the beautiful coastline of Scotland and our relationship with the environment around us.”

At Wild Scotland we are so excited with the engagement of the competition, from the public sharing incredible pictures of Scottish outdoor activities, landscape and nature, and also by the involvement of the judging panel. Through this competition the team wanted to highlight the incredible nature and outdoors in Scotland and hoped to encourage people to appreciate and be responsible with the way they experience Scottish nature. Adhering to outdoor access code, respecting local people and local wildlife and taking rubbish home. We are thrilled that the #keepscotlandwild hashtag is still being used, now featuring over 700 posts on Instagram, and active usage on Facebook and Twitter. A huge congratulations to Alex (Marty) McNaughton for winning, and we are pleased to say his prize is on the way. 

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The shortlisted entries (full post to follow with more details about these amazing images and photographers).








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