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2018 Winners

Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018
(& Scottish Wildlife Portrait category winner):
Phil Johnston – Roe Kid Flower. Roe Deer Kid, Edinburgh

© Phil Johnston – Roe Kid Flower

Phil said: "I am absolutely delighted and stunned to have been awarded the title of Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018. It's a real honour to have my work recognised at such a high level.

“I love nothing more than being out in the sticks with my camera, seeing all the beauty that surrounds me and trying my best to capture those moments in time.

“On this particular evening in early July, I had already spent several hours with the Roe family but I had also seen a Fox around. I decided to try my luck along a narrow track that runs between some hedgerows and farmland where I had seen the Fox several times before. After an hour or so, I heard a rustling in the long grass and out popped not a Fox, but one of the Roe Deer twins! It pulled off some cow parsley flowers and started munching away. I made three or four frames before it vanished back into the dense grassland. It was a magical moment to see."

Judge Raymond Besant said: "This picture has that little something extra that you're always looking for in a wildlife image. There is so much to like about it. It ticks all the basic boxes that I look for initially - it's sharp, well exposed and a great composition.

"However, to speak about it in purely technical terms does it an injustice. Getting close to any wild creature without disturbing it is no mean feat. To have an encounter like this is such a privilege, but to see the moment and atmosphere conveyed so perfectly in an image is the next best thing. You could argue that some 'golden light' could enhance it but the softness of the light suits the mood of the image. The flowers in the mouth of the deer really give the picture that little bit of magic."

Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018
Kaitlyn Clark (age 8) – Peek-a-boo. Red Squirrel, Lossiemouth Woods

Kaitlyn Clark – Peek-a-boo
© Kaitlyn Clark – Peek-a-boo

Kaitlyn said: "I was completely overwhelmed to find out I had won. I love wildlife and I enjoy going out with my parents on wildlife trips! My motto is 'Enjoy the experience first and photographs second.'

"I was really happy to get the squirrel picture, they are so cute! I named it Peek-a-boo because the cheeky squirrel was actually playing peek-a-boo with me in the branches."

Judge Niall Irvine said: “Kaitlyn's picture is well composed with the tree branches framing the Red Squirrel. There's a nice side light to the image and a feeling of spontaneity and movement.”

Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018
Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio.Siccar Point, Edinburgh
BA (Hons) Photography at City of Glasgow College

Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio
© Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio

Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio
© Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio

Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio
© Martin Gibb - A View to Unconformity Portfolio

Martin said: "I am delighted to have won the Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2018. It really is an honour and I feel truly humbled. This is my final year at City of Glasgow College and winning this competition, in what has been a challenging year for me, really has given me a spring in my step and caps off a fantastic journey.

"The sea has always been a draw for me and the theme of 'Coastline' was appealing from the outset. I am interested in geological forms within the landscape and Siccar Point near Edinburgh drew me as it is famous for Hutton's Unconformity. Discovered in 1788 by James Hutton, considered to be the father of modern geology, it changed how the history of the earth was understood. The landscape here is steeply rocky and ruled by the power of the sea. It is a place to fill the senses.

"I wanted to show this location from three different viewpoints, one to give a close up feel of the textural elements of the rocks, and the other two views showing its place within the landscape."

Judge Jamie Grant said: "The judges were especially impressed by the use of dynamic, contrasting geological forms in these seascapes. They also made a very strong series of linked images without being repetitive. A well deserved winner!"

Environmental category
Natural Abstract category
Scottish Botanical category
Scottish Landscape - The Land category
Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast category
Scottish Landscape - Urban Greenspace category
Scottish Wildlife Behaviour category
Scottish Wildlife Portrait category
Junior category
Student category
Scottish Nature Video Award 2018