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2019 Winners

Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019
(& Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast category winner):
Ruth Grindrod - Three Rocks. Butt of Lewis


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© Ruth Grindrod - Three Rocks

Ruth said: "I am more than delighted to win Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. It is a great honour to be selected and I thank all the judges for their time and effort particularly during this most difficult time of the Coronavirus pandemic. I have often said that this is one of my favourite competitions because it is so well run and organised which makes my selection as overall winner even more gratifying.

"My particular love in terms of photography has always been the sea and coast, regardless of the weather and the conditions. My journey to Scotland is always a long one as I live in Norfolk but I never fail to be excited by some of the best landscapes and seascapes in the world. When life returns to normal I will certainly be back shooting in Scotland.

"My winning entry Three Rocks, was taken on an extremely windy day at the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Rather than shoot the lighthouse, I chose the formation of these three rocks from a slightly elevated position to capture their shape and form as well as the churning seas. The conditions were tough but persistence paid off with this final capture."

Judge Niall Irvine said: "Ruth's image has beautifully captured the drama and power of the sea. The light, composition and depth of detail in the image is remarkable, particularly the movement caught in the water."

" I'm delighted that Three Rocks is our overall winner."





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


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© Max Eve - Glen Etive

Max said: "I am delighted to have won Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year. I really enjoy spending time in and being inspired by the natural environment of Scotland.

"Torrential rain had occurred all day, limiting photographic opportunities. A sudden break in the weather allowed me to take this image of water escaping off the mountainside to the swollen stream below."

Judge Jamie Grant said: "Max's Glen Etive image focuses on a less well-known but pleasing aspect of this location. The tonal quality of the black and white impressed the judges."




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."

Judge Ron McCombe said: "The judges were impressed with this fine portfolio. Simple yet effective, a collection of cloud formations with the added interest of seagulls flying in each image. The composition works very well in black and white which makes this collection a very strong portfolio."

Edinburgh College Broadcast Media and Photography lecturer Graham McGirk said: "We are delighted that Stephen has been so successful in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards. Stephen came to us as a mature student and enthusiastically threw himself into all aspects of the coursework. He has always been a most receptive student and an inspirational member of our student community. Nature photography is his passion and that it clearly shown in the excellent quality of his work."




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