Suzanne wins public vote

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Photographer Suzanne Maitland from Galashiels has secured a win at the ninth annual Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

She is a winner in the World Flora category with her striking image Droplet.

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The winners were chosen from an impressive 435 images of wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, submitted by amateur photographers from around the world.

In each of the eight categories, there was an image selected by an expert panel of judges and an image selected by the voting public.

Visitors to the Scottish Seabird Centre have been voting since November, as well as online. Suzanne was one of the winners of the public
 vote.

Suzanne said: “I only really began to get into photography two years ago and the Nature Photography Awards is the first competition I have entered.

“For my image to stand out against some of the stunning entries in the World Flora category, and the public to vote, feels really special.”

This year’s judging panel included Lorne Gill, award-winning official photographer from Scottish Natural Heritage; outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field editor Richard Bath.

Lorne Gill said: “Choosing winners from the hundreds of images we receive is never easy, but the level of creativity and the diversity of photographs makes it such a pleasure.

“So many of the images are thought-provoking and inspiring.”

The winners received a range of prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve with Lorne Gill; memberships of the Scottish Seabird Centre and Scottish Wildlife Trust; vouchers for Northshots Photography and day-long wildlife trips courtesy of Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions.

An exhibition of the winning photographs will be on display at the Scottish Seabird Centre until later this month.

Entries for the 2015 Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards will be welcome from Puffin Fest (May 15-25) onwards.

For full details visit www.seabird.org