I'm delighted to announce that my image of the Bass Rock from Seacliff Beach won first prize in the Scottish Landscape - Sea & Coast category and that I was also awarded the overall title of Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2015.
This was my fourth year entering this competition and one I have enjoyed some success with in the past including winning the Urban Greenspace category in 2014 - but nothing quite prepared me for the phone call to tell me I had won the overall prize this year and to hear the thoughts of judges like renowned Scottish landscape photographer Colin Prior, who said:
"David's winning photograph works on every level and is an image that will appeal to everyone. It ticks all the boxes – primarily, it has the simplest of compositions which leads the eye through the image from the bottom left, through the Bass Rock and out at the top left. It also shows sensitive processing with the result that David has retained the subtlety of this image – when someone looks at this photograph they know it’s real and not unlike something that they have witnessed at a previous time. There’s also the palette of colours which runs from deep purple to mauve, through pink and orange which has a broad appeal. Finally, I would say that what underlies the success of this image is the convergence of many elements, and the fact that it makes use of such ordinary and accessible subject matter over which many people will walk during the next twelve hours. Through his vision and lens, David has successfully transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary."
My winning image of the Bass Rock was taken at the end of a pleasant evening shooting the sunset over Tantallon Castle from Seacliff beach. It was taken nearly an hour after sunset and I was trying to make my way back along the beach to the car park before it got completely dark when I spotted the water formed shapes in the sand leading to the Bass Rock in the distance and had to stop for one last shot - and thankfully I did!
I was also awarded 3rd place in the Urban Greenspace category and had two further images shortlisted in the Sea & Coast and Land categories. The winning images will be published in a Portfolio Yearbook and also appear in a touring exhibition in 2016.
You can see the full list of winners on the Scottish Nature Photography Awards website: www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com