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Winners announced for tenth annual Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Worldwide Wildlife Hide 'n' Seek - Christopher McleodPhotography Awards 

A swooping red kite, strikes of lighting and a red grouse standing its ground were three of the winning photographs announced on Thursday 25 February at the tenth annual Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

The winners were chosen from an impressive 510 images and short films of wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, submitted by amateur photographers from around the world.

In each of the categories there was an image selected by the expert panel of judges and an image selected by the voting public. Visitors to the Scottish Seabird Centre have been voting since November, as well as online, with thousands of votes cast.

The winners are:

Creative Visions of Nature

Judges’ winner: Paul Collins, from Bristol, Swallow at Twilight

Public winner: Jamie Mina, from Uddingston, Kingfisher


Environmental Impact

Judges’ winner: Tom Gardner, from Edinburgh, Fish Killed by Algal Bloom

Public winner, Charlie Davidson, from Peterhead, Gannet



Judges’ and Public winner: Cameron Henderson, from North Berwick, Lightning over the Harbour


Scottish Wildlife

Judges’ and Public winner: Barry Forbes, from Glenrothes, King of the Road


World Flora

Judge’s winner: Yasmine Piening, from Tranent, Summer Flowers

Public winner: Alan Edwards, from Perth, Fungi in the Frost


Worldwide Wildlife

Judges’ winner: Katty Baird, from North Berwick, Fulmar Reflection

Public winner: Christopher McLeod, from Kent, Hide ‘n’ Seek


Junior 12 to 16

Judges’ winner: Freya Sanders, from Montrose, Topsy Turvy Trees

Public winner: Jocelyn King, from Airth, Parenthood


Junior under 12

Judges’ and Public winner: Anna Smart, from Ballencrieff, Lonely Puffin


Staff and Volunteers

Judges’ and Public winner: Lewis Henderson, from North Berwick, The Pier



Nature’s Foragers

Judges’ winner: Sue Dudley, from Malvern, One Fell Swoop

Public winner: Bob Humphreys, from Alford, Kingfisher with Fish


Nature Condensed (short film category)

Judges’ and Public winner: Tom Ross, from Oxford, A Tale of the Bass

This year’s judging panel included Lorne Gill, award-winning official photographer from Scottish Natural Heritage; outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field editor Richard Bath. There were also two guest judges for the new categories: STV’s Laura Miller judged the videos entered for Nature Condensed and author Fiona Bird shortlisted the category Nature’s Forager, launched to support VisitScotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

Lorne Gill, Scottish Natural Heritage photographer and judge, said: “For the competition’s tenth year, the standard of entries was quite outstanding and it was tough selecting our winners. Having both the public and judges’ vote is really interesting, especially to see where the same images emerged on top.

“Well done to all the winners. I would encourage everyone who entered to keep taking photos, enjoy getting out into the great outdoors, and to always strive to be creative in your photographic approach.”

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, adds: “As a conservation and education charity, we focus on encouraging people to engage with nature in a fun yet sustainable way, and our Nature Photography Awards are a fantastic example of this.

“Congratulations to all the winners, and everyone shortlisted: visitors, staff and volunteers alike have voted in their thousands and the winning images are stunning. They will be on display for the next few months, so I would certainly encourage visitors to take time to explore them.”

The winners received a range of prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve featuring workshops with judge Lorne Gill and former winner Tom Langlands; short breaks with Ardgour Estate and Ardtornish Estate; day trips with Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions and Rabbie’s Tours; vouchers for Northshots Photo Adventures; memberships with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and camera equipment from Rigu.

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