2017 Winners

Junior Category

1st place & Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2017:

Andrew Bulloch (age 15) - Eriskay Football Pitch

© Andrew Bulloch - Eriskay Football  Pitch
© Andrew Bulloch - Eriskay Football Pitch

Andrew said: "I was extremely shocked to discover I had won the Junior category of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards, and even more so since it was the second year in a row! It is quite an honour. I was 15 years old when I took this photo but had been taking landscape images for a couple of years, in fact since I was first shortlisted in the competition in 2015.

"This year’s photo was taken on a family holiday to North Uist in the summer of 2017. We drove south to Eriskay on a stormy day and I saw this little football pitch down below the road. We stopped so I could get a photo and then I just had to go and play football on it as well. Very recently I found out it was featured by FIFA as one of the eight most unique places to play football in the world!"

Judge Polly Pullar said: "We loved the light and shade and the sheer moodiness of Andrew Bulloch’s image of the fabulous football pitch and its surrounds on the Isle of Eriskay, and feel he has captured the fickle nature of outdoor ball games on a remote windswept Hebridean island. It is an image that also highlights that a dark and threatening sky can be just as captivating and eye catching as one of brilliant blue. Andrew’s picture is a worthy winner of this category."

2nd place: Ayla Murray (age 16) - Prince on his Red Throne

© Ayla Murray - Prince on his Red Throne
© Ayla Murray - Prince on his Red Throne

3rd place: Andrew Robertson (age 17) Misty Mountains

© Andrew Robertson - Misty Mountains
© Andrew Robertson - Misty Mountains

Shortlisted photographers:

Michael Amos (age 17)
Chris Cowie (age 15)
Wiktor Jurek (age 17)
Rory Matheson (age 16)
Joseph Parker (age 16)
Katy Read (age 13)
Eve Rennie
(age 14)

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