snpa logo

2021 Winners

Environmental Category
& Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2021:

1st: Darren Cole - Ice and Fire


Darren Cole - Ice and Fire
© Darren Cole - Ice and Fire

Darren said: "It was a real thrill to learn that I had won this year's competition and I'm so grateful to the judges for choosing my image Ice and Fire, especially as it is the first time an image from the Environmental category has been chosen.

"As a seasoned landscape photographer, I'm used to spending hours walking on the beaches and mountainsides near my home on the Isle of Harris, looking for that elusive, perfect shot. So it was with some irony that the scene from which Ice and Fire was created, appeared by chance on my doorstep. Following reports of possible wildfires on the island and after several fire engines had raced past my house in north Harris, I opened the front door to be greeted by an Icelandic style scene of snowy mountains and raging fire. The juxtaposition of the dramatic white peaks and the red, rivers of fire below was truly spectacular and just begging to be photographed. With the snow-covered mountains reflecting what little daylight remained, the dark foreground allowed the fire to really pop, creating a stark and dramatic level of contrast in the scene. With the sky cloudless as well, there was little to detract from the almost Tolkienesque vista.

"A few days later, I discovered that the fire was started deliberately in order to burn the top layer of heather away allowing fresh vegetation to grow through, a process known as a muirburn.

"The image has always had pride of place on the wall of Hebscape, my gallery on the Isle of Harris and this award now makes the experience of creating this image even more special."

Judge Kit Martin said: "Ice and Fire is stunning. The competition was fierce in the Environmental category, but this stood out as a striking image telling a story without the need for words. It was unanimously decided on as the overall winner for its originality and visual impact. Muirburn is a controversial subject and one that is current and active, with passionate voices on both sides. Congratulations Darren!"



2nd: Elaine Whiteford - Long-clawed Squat Lobster & Can in Loch Fyne


Elaine Whiteford - Long-clawed Squat Lobster Can in Loch Fyne
© Elaine Whiteford - Long-clawed Squat Lobster & Can in Loch Fyne



3rd: Clare Harte - A Nest of Ropes


Clare Harte - A Nest of Ropes
© Clare Harte - A Nest of Ropes



Shortlisted:

Pat Douglass
Mick Durham
Alan Edwards
Alan Johnstone
Roger Lever
Alison Moore
Chris Reekie
Adrian Reeve
Trish Roberts
Stephen Rodger
Ross Samson
Michaela Vondruska
Jayne Winter



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 2021