Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book Vote 2016
part of our commitment to showcase Scottish nature, wildlife and landscape photography,
the Scottish Nature Photography Awards recognise the important role that books
play in inspiring, informing and entertaining people by conducting a biennial
public vote to find the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book.
The shortlist for the 2016 vote featured outstanding photography across a range
of nature subjects, and celebrated the books and the vision and dedication of
the photographers who created them. We
asked the public to vote online for their favourites from nine shortlisted books,
which highlighted a variety of Scottish nature subjects.
of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Favourite Scottish Nature Photography
Book 2016 is:
On A Rising Tide
Author: Charlie Phillips
and Eithne Nutt of Ness Publishing said: "We are absolutely delighted
and overwhelmed that On a Rising Tide has won the 2016 Scottish Nature Photography
Book Award! It was extremely affirming when Niall approached us regarding the
shortlist, but to actually win is way beyond our wildest dreams.
loved creating the book. Charlies photographs, stories and infectious enthusiasm
for these amazing Bottlenose dolphins spurred us on to make the finished book
the best it could possibly be. Our thanks also go to our designer, Louise, who
put such thought and skill into its presentation. We are so grateful to all those
who voted for it weve had such great feedback from those who have
bought it, all of which has come together in this wonderful accolade."
Charlie Phillips, Author and Photographer said: "What an absolute
thrill to win this vote, considering the epic photography in the other books.
I'm chuffed to bits that my first book with Ness Publishing has been so successful
and so warmly received. Huge thanks to Eithne and Colin from Ness Publishing for
their support and faith in the book from day one, Louise for her beautiful design
of the book and thank you, thank you to all who voted for On A Rising Tide
and of course to Niall and Jacqueline at Scottish Nature Photography Awards for
hosting the vote."
2nd Place: Otters in Shetland - The tale of the draatsi
Richard Shucksmith & Brydon Thomason
3rd Place: Discover Shetland's Birds
Author: Paul Harvey &
Emma Miller, Marketing Officer at Shetland Amenity Trust said: Its a real pleasure to have our publication Discover Shetlands Birds included for consideration in this public vote, and we are delighted to have come in the top three. Equally, its wonderful to see two Shetland based books in this list. This is a testament to the wide selection of quality publications available on the theme of Shetlands rich natural heritage.
"On behalf of the book's authors, Paul Harvey and Rebecca Nason, Shetland Heritage Publications would like to thank everyone who voted.
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 is....
Congratulations William. Happy browsing!
shortlisted books were:
Publisher's description: With its soft, creamy-white fur and large, dark, engaging eyes, the pup of the grey seal is one of the most endearing creatures in the animal kingdom. Over one-third of the worlds grey seals are born around Scotlands mainland coastline and islands.
AN AMAZING ADVENTURE: The Story of a Grey Seal Pup provides a unique insight into the development and behaviour of one particular grey seal pup from the day of its birth until its final entry into the North Sea as a fully moulted juvenile 28 days later.
The day-to-day story of its progress is told from the seal pups perspective and the book is illustrated with 42 full-page photographs, taken daily, which highlight both the pups growth and the events in its young, adventurous life. In addition, factual information is provided on areas such as identification and distribution, habitat, life cycle, feeding and other special behavioural features, and the grey seals relationship with humans. This builds up to give a comprehensive account of the natural history of the grey seal.
more information about this book, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher's description: Discover Shetlands Birds is a new publication full of stunning photography and fascinating insights into the behaviour and lifestyle of the many bird species which can be found in the islands.
book, by Paul Harvey and Rebecca Nason, is a handy identification guide, as well
as an attractive and interesting volume to pick up and browse at leisure. There
are over 400 photographs by award winning nature photographer, Rebecca Nason,
and other contributors; mainly Shetland based photographers. Observations on migration
and breeding habits, the best time of year to see each species, and where to look
for them, are laid out in an easy to follow format.
Highlands Scotlands Wild Heart follows a year in the lives of a stellar
cast of wild animals as they live, feed, breed and die in this beautiful, yet
unforgiving landscape a land where only the toughest survive. In between
the stories of the wild creatures that make their home in this glorious part of
the world, there are profiles of some of the many people who have chosen to live
alongside the wildlife there.
description: Bottlenose dolphins as youve never seen them before! A photographic
study by the man who knows them best accompanied by his insights into the lives
of these amazing creatures. Charlie Phillips works for Whale and Dolphin Conservation
(WDC) where his main task is to maintain an exhaustive photographic record of
Bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, concentrating on 6 individuals in particular
who are the stars of the 'Adopt a Dolphin' scheme. Over the years he has taken
hundreds of thousands of pictures of them and these images play a crucial part
in monitoring the condition of this population and adding to our understanding
of their lives and behaviour. No-one is better placed to produce a book such as
Publisher's description: A stunning collection of photographs, history and ecology of one of the most charismatic of British mammals, this is a must have for any visitor to Shetland, or anybody who loves the great outdoors.
Written with a deep understanding for location, and of course the otters, and
illustrated with breathtaking photography by Shetland based photographers Richard
Shucksmith and Brydon Thomason.
Publisher's description: This book is a celebration of all that is dreich. To my mind the images in this book are uplifting and joyful. There is nothing miserable about dreich. A sunny day has no more right to exist than a dreich one.
Here, then, are fifty dreich images, accompanied by fifty equally dreich captions.
For more information about this book, please visit: www.luath.co.uk/scotland-the-dreich.html
128 pages, softback
Publisher's description: Colin Prior is one of the finest landscape photographers in the world and one who knows the Scottish wilderness like no other. Going to extremes in order to capture the most magical qualities of a landscape, his patience and masterful eye for natural beauty have produced extraordinary images over a remarkable career.
This large format collector's edition, with a foreword by Sir Chris Bonington, is presented in a large landscape-format cloth-covered hardback in a slipcase, making it a perfect gift. The book showcases the very finest panoramas over that long career and combines them with his greatest new, unpublished images to present a beautifully-curated exhibition of work. Arranged by region and complete with maps that pinpoint the locations of every shot and chart their sweep for armchair travellers, photographers and anyone keen to appreciate these special views in person, this is a work of breathtaking beauty.
more information about this book, please visit: www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472111166
Publisher's description: Tobermory, the principal town on the island of Mull, is one of the prettiest towns in the Hebrides. Its principal street, Main Street, with its buildings painted in distinctive bright colours, is also one of the most well-known views in Scotland. This book includes the work of three local photographers, Sam Jones, Nic Davies and Brian Swinbanks, uniquely qualified to capture the spirit of this magical place in all its moods. In addition to pictures of the town, its views, surrounding countryside and wildlife on land and sea it also features the people of Tobermory itself, at work and at leisure. The result is a vivid portrait of a vibrant community in an exquisitely beautiful natural setting.
For more information about this book, please visit: www.birlinn.co.uk/Tobermory.html
112 pages, softback
Treescape is a series of photographs depicting personal contemplations and reflections
of Scotland's trees, forests and woodlands over the last few years. Emphasis is
on the inherent beauty of trees - their rich variety of forms and textures, their
diversity of seasonal-dependant colour and their enduring aesthetic appeal. Whether
exploring a chaotic tangle of dense Perthshire woodland, contemplating a highland
copse by a remote lochan or getting close-up to a solitary silver birch, in trees
I find subjects for the camera which allow me to begin to delve beneath the surface
of things. For me, the essence of Scotlands landscape is, invariably, revealed
in its details. Trees do have a unique and, often, extremely evocative presence
in the Scottish landscape, one which is profoundly related to light and climate
and this is conveyed throughout the book.