Scottish Seabird Centre seeks Western Isles entries for prestigious photography competition

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One of Scotland’s leading visitor attractions has launched its 2013 photography competition - the Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards are in their eighth year, and entries to the prestigious contest have doubled in recent years.

Local residents from the Butt to Barra are being encouraged to submit their entries, whether taken at home, around Scotland or abroad.

Tom Brock, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The Western Isles have some outstanding natural landmarks and remarkable local scenery – I hope local photographers will take this opportunity to submit their work for assessment by the judging panel.”

The competition was officially launched at the Scottish Seabird Centre by the internationally renowned wildlife cameraman Doug Allan.

The photography competition categories for the 2013 competition are: Landscape, Scottish Wildlife, Worldwide Wildlife, Creative Visions of Nature, World Flora, Environmental Impact and Junior.

Further details and entry information awards are available at www.seabirds.org/photography

Shortlisted entries will appear in a special exhibition in the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick from November 15th.

Prizes for the competition include an exclusive trip with competition judge Lorne Gill on an exclusive boat trip from North Berwick on one of the Scottish Seabird Centre RIBs to the magical Isle of May National Nature Reserve which is under the care of Scottish Natural Heritage.

The trip will be hosted in spring to coincide with the return of the puffins at the start of their 2014 breeding season.