2016 photography winners look back...

We asked the title winners of the 2016 photographic competition to look back on winning their awards and to tell us a bit about their current projects.

Gordon Rae - Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

The Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach © David Queenan
Undercover Osprey © Gordon Rae
Gordon said: "As winter draws nearer and the nights start to lengthen, I can now find the time to reflect on what has been a very busy photography year for me.

"Being lucky enough to have had the honour earlier in the year of winning the overall title of "Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year" has in turn led to a huge rise in interest to give talks and presentations around the country. That coupled with increased demand on workshops and tours sure has kept me on my toes throughout the seasons. So all in all a busy, but very enjoyable year meeting lots of people and making new friends along the way.

"On the photography front, things are a bit nearer to home at the moment with concentration turning towards some local wildlife work and the planning of new tours and workshops for the 2018 season. That along with editing images and building new
presentations for next year will keep me out of mischief up until at least the festive season.."

Edgaras Borotinskas - Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016
Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham
Nature's Tears Portfolio © Edgaras Borotinskas
Edgaras said: "When I got an email about winning Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year I was so happy and had the biggest smile on my face for a couple of days. I think people thought that I was crazy, but it was just crazy positive emotions.

"I graduated this year with this award and it’s like a bonus to finish this stage of my career. I started a new page in my life, which allows me to spend more time being out taking pictures. This means I can explore beautiful Scotland more.

"One good man in the college told me: "You need a little bit of luck to succeed", so I am focusing on a few projects which I started in the college and I hope I will reveal them soon."


Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham    Life in the Highlands Portfolio © Lewis Gillingham
Nature's Tears Portfolio © Edgaras Borotinskas

Andrew Bulloch - Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2016

Catch of the Day © Max Eve
Cape Wrath Storm © Andrew Bulloch

Andrew said: "It’s been a bit of a whirlwind year for me, and it all started with winning the Scottish Nature Photography Awards! It was really nice to receive a trophy and see your photograph in the book and then have everyone congratulate you on Instagram or at school. A month or so later, I discovered I had also come runner-up in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of Year Competition with another photo that I had taken on the same trip as I took the winning SNPA “Cape Wrath” photo. I thought at that point it was getting a little crazy - little did I know what was ahead!

"I bought my first DSLR, a second hand Nikon D7200, and then spent the summer on various trips, going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to photograph the amazing cars on show (I even got Nico Rosberg’s autograph!) Later in the holidays we had a family trip up to North Uist. It was a beautiful place as the light was incredible and the beaches on Berneray went on for miles. We went on an RSPB walk to try and photograph some eagles, but unfortunately hardly saw even a sparrow. However, opposite our holiday cottage was a small hill and we climbed it every night to watch the sunset, so I still have plenty of photographs to enter in this year’s competition!

Then in October I received a surprise phone call to tell me I had won the UK Junior Landscape Photographer of the Year. My photos of the northern lights at Musselburgh and the Bow Fiddle Rock were published in the Times, Herald, Scotsman, Amateur Photographer magazine and even the Metro! So it’s been an incredible year, and it all started off with the Scottish Nature Photography Awards!

"People even began to ask where they could get copies of the photos, so my Dad and I have set up a website with a mixture of both his and my photos on it. And of course I am always posting on instagram too. Feel free to have a look there and see what I have been up to!


Andrew and his glass award © Grant Bulloch
The 2017 Scottish Nature Photography Awards are open to 30th November 2017. Find out how to enter here.