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2019 Winners

Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019:

Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio
HND Professional Photography at Edinburgh College


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© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

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© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

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© Stephen Rodger – Gulls in the Clouds Portfolio

Stephen said: "Having never won a photographic competition before we can rest assured that being named Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 is a very exciting moment for me. I’m in my second year at Edinburgh College finishing my HND and hoping to progress on to the BA Photography course. The lecturers at the college are a gloriously idiosyncratic, passionate and supportive bunch who have helped me develop as a photographer over the last two years.

"Visual shapes of all varieties have always appealed, and so the title of Patterns for this category was immediately attractive. As part of my college work, I was shooting an environmental series over a number of months and watching it develop. I was initially focused on the oil refinery at Grangemouth and while I was there I noticed over time that the gulls would use the hot air thermals above the site to gain altitude before flying out over the Forth Estuary. Canny birds. On cold mornings the water vapour from the cooling towers would condense quickly into intense swirling clouds, side lit, high in the sky. This series of three pictures was shot on one of these mornings and converted to black and white in post production."



2nd: Maya Reid – Baleshare Beach Portfolio
BA Fine Art at University of the Highlands and Islands


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© Maya Reid – Baleshare Beach Portfolio

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© Maya Reid – Baleshare Beach Portfolio

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© Maya Reid – Baleshare Beach Portfolio



3rd: Richard Lloyd-Mullen - The Real Monster at Loch Ness
BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Bolton


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© Richard Lloyd-Mullen - The Real Monster at Loch Ness

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© Richard Lloyd-Mullen - The Real Monster at Loch Ness

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© Richard Lloyd-Mullen - The Real Monster at Loch Ness




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 2019