Scottish Nature Video Award 2017


1st Place: Reforesting Planet Caledon by Andrew Macdonald.

Reforesting Planet Caledon © Andrew Macdonald. Music Jemima Thewes. Narrator Ian Perks (RSPB).

Judge Niall Irvine said: "Andrew's video immediately grabbed the judges' attention with its visual impact. As the story unfolds, we were struck by the effective blending of the visuals with the narrative.
"The film is essentially about a local project in terms of the reforesting ambitions of the RSPB on their Abernethy Reserve, but the 'Little Planet' imagery also made us think globally."
Andrew is a freelance filmmaker with a passion for nature conservation and an interest in people's relationship with the natural world around them. He works to connect people with nature and themselves, through meaningful activity outdoors and most recently through the medium of 360 degree film. He has been creating media content (film, photography, podcast) for the Scottish environmental sector for over a decade.

Andrew said: "In 2016 I could see that advances in 360 camera and Virtual Reality viewing technology presented interesting virtual tourism opportunities for my business, Exhibit Scotland, and also my work supporting people, raising equalities and improving well-being.

"Reforesting Planet Caledon was crafted with footage shot to create a new 360 visitor experience of the RSPB Abernethy reserve. The "Abernethy" 360 experience was released at the Royal Highland Show 2017 and is a suite of short films enabling staff to engage people with unique perspectives on the story and wildlife of RSPB Abernethy.
"I am very happy to be selected for 1st prize in the Scottish Nature Video Award. I would like to thank Jemima Thewes ( for her musical input into the winning film, Ian Perks (RSPB) for his narrative and my continued gratitude goes to everyone who has assisted my 360 degree film adventures so far."

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