Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

Cairn in near Longformacus topped with a millennium compass looking east towards Cockburn Law. The Compass carries the message 'respect for the earth, peace for its people'
Cairn in near Longformacus topped with a millennium compass looking east towards Cockburn Law. The Compass carries the message 'respect for the earth, peace for its people'
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Borderers are being urged to enter the annual Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

The competition, now in its second year, celebrates the beauty of Scotland’s breathtaking scenery and is the brainchild of Fife-based landscape photographer Stuart Low. It now boasts an increased prize fund of £14,000 and has attracted new sponsors such as by Academy Class, Caledonian MacBrayne, Calumet Photographic, Fotospeed, Scottish Natural Heritage and Formatt-Hitech. The competition has been timed to coincide with the spectacular colours of the Scottish autumn.

Founder Stuart Low said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the competition is continuing again this year. The competition is all about promoting photography and tourism, and the inaugural competition has proved to have been a great success. The book we produced is a best seller in the shops and the exhibition of winning images was so popular that they had extended runs at various galleries across Scotland.”

The competition has been endorsed by VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland said: “From the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands, we have a worldwide reputation for our natural beauty with has inspired both photographers and filmmakers alike to come to our shores and take in our spectacular landscapes. They say a picture paints a thousand words and we look forward to seeing ‘essays’ of wonder from entrants once again.”

The competition is open to amateur, professional and young photographers from the UK and overseas. Submissions close on November 14.

For more information, go to http://www.slpoty.co.uk.