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2019 Title Winners Update

 

We asked the 2019 title winners to look back on winning their Awards and to tell us about their current projects.

ruth grindrod

Ruth Grindrod, Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

Ruth Grindrod, Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019
© Ruth Grindrod - Three Rocks

Ruth said: "Winning the 2019 Scottish Nature Photography Awards was a real delight for me, as the news came at the beginning of  'lockdown' which we all know was a very difficult time for all. I was so pleased to receive the news that I had won the seascape section and then to be told I had won the whole competition was just marvellous.

"My shot "Three Rocks” was taken at The Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, on a very windy and rainy day in October. I was very pleased with the photo when I processed it, but little did I know that this photo would award me the overall title of Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. I have entered this well run competition for years and featured regularly in the books, so to win the award for 2019 was just wonderful.

"Since that time I have not been able to visit the locations I had planned e.g. France and Norway due to Covid, but have been able to manage two trips to my beloved Scotland. One to Moray in the summer and the other to Perthshire in the Autumn. I have also worked locally in both Norfolk and Suffolk which has been very rewarding.

"Let's hope that 2021 improves for us all and allows for more opportunities for travel and more photography."

www.ruthgrindrodlandscapephotography.co.uk




max eve

Max Eve (age 14) Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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© Max Eve - Glen Etive

Max said: "I was delighted to win Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year back in March. Time seems to have passed very quickly since then. It was excellent to get my copy of the Awards book and see my images in print.

"Winning the competition has encouraged me to concentrate on maintaining and improving the quality of my photographic work.

"The restrictions associated with the Covid pandemic have unfortunately prevented me from visiting Scotland this year. I have been concentrating on more local locations in Northumberland. I have also been experimenting with some other genres of photography. Time at home gave the opportunity to work on my skills in post-processing. I am looking forward to seeing the results of this year's competition."




stephen rodger

Stephen Rodger, Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019
HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh College

stephen rodger
© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

stephen rodger
© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

stephen rodger
© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

Stephen said: "Having never won a photographic competition before, being named Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 by the SNPA was a tremendously exciting moment for me. The win has been hugely motivational for both myself and also for my fellow student photographers at college who realise it is possible to stand out from the crowd and see your work exhibited even at this early stage in our careers.

"Since winning the award I have been selected to progress to the college's BA Photography course in 2020 and have been busy shooting images for that. I recently completed a series called “First Light” which can be seen on my website and saw me rising at dawn to photograph water-fowl in the early morning mist."

www.stephenrodger.com