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The Judges


Niall Irvine - Photographer & 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."

He 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

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 Scotland’s landscape and natural heritage.

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Mhairi Law - Photographer

Mhairi (b. Scottish Borders 1991), lives and works on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Working primarily in medium format photography, she operates a gallery and studio space, Island Darkroom, featuring photographic exhibitions and holding workshops in traditional analogue processes.

With projects spanning from the Faroe Islands, Chilean Patagonia and Lewis itself, Mhairi’s own photographic work explores landscapes with focus on evidence of human interaction. She studied photography, film and television at Stevenson College (now Edinburgh College) in 2009 and graduated with Honours from the Photography and Film course at Edinburgh Napier in July 2014. She went on to undertake a year-long residency with Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh. After exhibiting at the Free Range shows in London and An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway, in November 2015 she was awarded first prize at the Jill Todd Photographic Award and was selected for the annual Futureproof exhibition at Streetlevel Photoworks in Glasgow. In June 2016 she undertook a month-long artists residency to the Faroe Islands, exhibiting the resulting work with Stills gallery as part of their 40th year events in the Pathfoot building at Stirling University.

Other notable exhibitions include work commissioned and exhibited at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway as part of the centenary events for the Iolaire Disaster, The Darkest Dawn. This work went on to exhibit at the Trongate 103 Gallery in Glasgow in 2019. Recent collaborative work has been a poetic and photographic mapping of the Braemar region, Gathering, alongside poet and artist, Alec Finlay and commissioned by Hauser and Wirth. Her work has been featured in the Island Review, Of the Land and Us photography blog and SSHoP (Scottish Society for the History of Photography) magazine.


Charlie Phillips - Wildlife Photographer

Charlie has been a professional wildlife photographer for over 20 years and his main subjects are the resident bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth and north-east Scotland. He is the Field Officer for leading marine charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

As well as winning the main Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year award in 2012 his best-selling book On A Rising Tide about the dolphins also won the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book title in 2016.

Charlie has been published and contributed to books, magazines and scientific journals world wide and last year had his second bottlenose dolphin full front cover on the BBC Wildlife magazine.