Scottish Nature Photography Book Vote 2014
Awards showcase quality Scottish nature photography and we recognise that books
are a great creative outlet for photographers and that they inspire, inform and
entertain the public.
We asked the public to vote online for their favourites
from seven shortlisted books, which highlighted a variety of Scottish nature subjects.
This is the third time the biennial poll has been conducted and we received
more votes than ever before. It was great to see the public's support for all
the books, and we're grateful to everyone who took part.
of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Favourite Scottish Nature Photography
Book 2014 was.....
"I am really delighted that
Naturally Orkney has won this award. I loved working on the images, trying out
new techniques, observing animal behaviour and bringing Orkney's wildlife to a
wider audience so they can enjoy it too.
"A satisfying aspect has
been people's surprise at some of the species found here. Whilst lots of folk
know that Orkney is a great place to see Hen Harriers, it's less known that when
you've finished watching them you can stop off and observe something equally beautiful
like the Emerald Damselfly which is a new coloniser in Orkney.
humbled that folk have taken to the book so much and if it helps or inspires them
to spend a bit more time searching for and enjoying Orkney's wildlife then so
much the better." - Raymond Besant
"We are absolutely
thrilled that Raymond's work has been recognised at a national level. He was born
and bred in the islands, where he developed a boyhood passion for nature and photography;
subsequently turning his hobby into a profession.
"When we first
started working on the book and he submitted the early photographs, it was crystal
clear that this was a highly skilled craftsman at work; someone who knew what
image he wanted to capture and had the ability to pull it off. He is still a relatively
young man, is obviously going places, and has the capacity to be among the best
on an international stage.
"The standard of entry for this award
was extremely high but there can only be one winner. As a small, parochial publisher
we are delighted it is us. Our design and printing teams have produced a top quality
book and we are both honoured and humbled by this award." - James
Miller, The Orcadian
2nd Place: Winter in Glen Lyon
Author: Jamie Grant
3rd Place: Otters: Return to the River
Authors: Laurie Campbell
Everyone who participated
in the online vote was entered into our free prize draw for one lucky winner
to win the entire shortlist of books. Our thanks go to the publishers for their
kind donations of books for the prize draw.
The lucky winner was....
Congratulations Julian. Happy browsing!
shortlisted books were:
The Moray Firth dolphins are one of Britain's greatest wildlife spectacles.
This lavishly illustrated book gives an insight into their world and
that of the other marine mammals living in the beautiful Moray Firth.
Orcadian Raymond Besant has an instinctive knack of finding and photographing
Orkney nature as few have seen it. Naturally Orkney includes some
unique images from the islands' outdoors; a Red Throated Diver, sitting
on her nest, being pestered by midgies; an inquisitive young seal,
nosing and nudging a hand-held underwater camera; an otter, wrestling
with a huge, freshly caught Conger Eel...they all feature in this
Return to the River
This book is a celebration of the return of the otter to our rivers
and freshwater wetlands after a drastic decline in the last century.
Scotland's Still Light explores the relationship beween photographic
imagery and the words of some of Scotland's most highly-respected
writers. It is not an attempt to illustrate the texts but to give
a sense of place through the combination of words and images. Sometimes
it is a whole piece, sometimes a paragraph or verse, a few lines or
occasionally a single line that encapsulates the experience of trying
to capture 'the moment' with a camera.
Iain's book features images entirely from one small pool - no more
than 2 meters wide, close to his house. It is fringed by grasses and
ferns, and surrounded by birch trees. The images explore the layers
of shapes and shadows reflected in the surface of the pool - a hidden
abstract world which is at first chaotic and lost to the naked eye.
in Glen Lyon
Over 100 black and white photographs revealing Glen Lyon in all its
winter glory. With landscapes of winter days and moody mists, the
local people at work and play, Scotland longest glen is brought to
life through the eye of local resident and photographer Jamie Grant.
description: This portfolio consists of images taken over a five year
(and counting) period from precisely the same location our hillside
studio in the Glenkens area of Dumfries and Galloway. Having built
a low carbon house on the hillside we were inspired to see if we could
apply some similar principles to our photography.