Blainslie photographer snaps up nature award

Stuart Scott. Winner of border photographic competition. winning shot - Moss shoots in low sunlight.
Stuart Scott. Winner of border photographic competition. winning shot - Moss shoots in low sunlight.
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A BLAINSLIE photographer has snapped up a major industry prize, writes Kenny Paterson.

Stuart Scott won the Creative Visions section of the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Natural Photography Awards.

Stuart Scott. Winner of border photographic competition.

Stuart Scott. Winner of border photographic competition.

Stuart picked up the title for his image, Moss Shoots In Low Sunlight, while he was also third in the World Flora category with Red Campion.

Stuart said: “Photography is very important to me and when I saw details of the Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards I knew I had to enter.

“To be recognised by two of the country’s top photographers is really fantastic and I’m delighted to have won the vote of the judges and the public in the Creative Visions category.”

A total of 278 entries were made to the competition, with Ron McCombe of Coldstream earning third place in Worldwide Wildlife section with Arctic Terns Passing A Sand Eel.

The winning images were picked by an equal combination of judges and general public’s votes. Among the judging panel was award-winning nature photographer Laurie Campbell who lives at Paxton and Innerleithen’s Graham Riddell.

Tom Brock OBE, chief executive of the North-Berwick-based Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “Every year we are greatly impressed by the level of talent amongst amateur photographers.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered and to congratulate all those who made it to the shortlist and, of course, our winners.”

Mr Campbell added: “Once again, the process of deliberating over such a high percentage of marvellous entries took time.

“Our only option was to become more ruthless than ever before and make difficult decisions.

“There really were some stand-out shots and it’s great to see that recognised by the public. I would encourage anyone with an interest in photography to get snapping for the seventh Nature Photography Awards.”

Entries for the 2012 Nature Photography Awards will open soon and for more information visit www.seabird.org