Raymond Besant - Wildlife cameraman and photographer
Raymond is a wildlife cameraman and photographer from the Orkney Islands
where he developed his love of wildlife, photography and the outdoors. He
studied Biology in Aberdeen before starting work as a press photographer
at the Press & Journal newspaper. He started filming in his own
time and his first film The Flying Dustbin, which documented the
effect of plastic pollution on the Fulmar, won two awards at the International
Wildlife Film Festival in the US. In 2012 Raymond won the Wildlife in HD
award at the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Raymond has filmed for a wide
range of wildlife films for the BBC Natural History Unit including the Natural
World series, Springwatch and more recently worked with Mara Media on
Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart for BBC Scotland as well as filming
Hyenas in Zambia for Plimsoll Productions and the Smithsonian Institute.
Though his main work is for TV, he still loves photography and the efforts
of two years' work photographing the creatures in his native Orkney culminated
in his first book Naturally Orkney which was voted Favourite Scottish
Nature Photography book of 2014 in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Photography has been in Jamie's
blood ever since his father took him on long hikes with a camera in the
west coast of Scotland. Jamie went on to shoot a mix of landscape, travel
and street photography in South America. After winning the John Brooks Travel
Award he worked as a photojournalist in Bolivia for three years.
Since returning to Scotland
in 2000 the majority of his commissioned work has been with NGOs, including
the Scottish Refugee Council, WWF, John Muir Trust, the Scottish Wildlife
Trust and Mercy Corps. Jamie has carried on with a loose reportage style,
preferring to make an intuitive connection with the people and places that
Most of Jamies work is
digital, although he still shoots and hand prints black and white landscapes
with a Leica M6 and a Hasselbladt 501CM. This for him is photography at
its most simple and rewarding - nothing more, or less, than a luminous glimpse
into our fleeting world.
Jamies landscape book
Winter in Glen Lyon (Watermill Books) was voted runner up for Scotland's
Favourite Nature Photography Book 2014. He published The High Oak, a
journey across Dartmoor in 2015. His latest book project, Summer
in South Georgia, was published by Watermill Books in August 2016.
Jamie is currently working on
a number of photographic projects, including a black and white study of
Schiehallion, a new book on the Devon coast and nature imagery from a recent
field trip to Yosemite National Park, USA.
He often gives talks on his
photography, including at the Dundee Discovery Centre and the Winter Words
Festival. Jamie is also a founding member of the Silver Alchemy Collective
which is dedicated to promoting analogue photography.
Niall Irvine - Perspectives & co-organiser of the Awards
Niall has been in the photographic industry for over 25 years, working behind
the camera, in the darkroom and then through the development of digital
imaging technology. Niall says: "The industry has changed a lot over
the years, and new cameras have opened up opportunities and accessibility
for both still and moving images but the key principles behind photography
remain as important as ever."
Niall is a partner in Perspectives,
which delivers digitisation, photography and design services for the heritage,
business and creative sectors from its base in the north east of Scotland.
He undertakes a wide range of photography commissions, as well as contributing
art photography to marinescape.co.uk.
Niall was inspired to set up
the Scottish Nature Photography Awards to provide a platform to showcase
the depth of photographic talent that is drawn to and inspired by Scotlands
landscape and natural heritage.