Scottish Seabird Centre announces photography competition

The Scottish Seabird Centre, has launched its 2014 photography competition, the awards are in their ninth year and attract entries from amateur photographers locally, nationally and internationally.

The competition seek to identify the best photographic talent from all age groups as well as encouraging people to interact with the natural world in a sustainable way.

Winning photographers have the opportunity to secure prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve; memberships for the Scottish Seabird Centre and Scottish Wildlife Trust; vouchers for Northshots Photography and day-long wildlife trips courtesy of Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions.

Following the success of last year’s awards, which had the highest number of entries to-date with 525 images submitted, the judges are Scottish Natural Heritage’s award-winning photographer Lorne Gill, professional freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field Editor Richard Bath.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 19 October: following this, the judges will meet to decide on a shortlist in each category.

The shortlist will then be on display in the Seabird Centre and online for the public to cast their vote until Sunday 22 February 2015. In each category there will be a winner selected by the judges and winner selected by the voting public.

The competition categories are:

Landscape: These can be taken from anywhere in the world. The images should contain the visible features of an area of land whether they are; mountains, plains, sea or coastal.

Scottish Wildlife: These can include reptiles and insects, with all images taken within in the wilds of Scotland. The wild can consist of any natural place from a garden to a national park. Images should seek to reveal Scottish wildlife in moments that create a lasting impression.

Worldwide Wildlife: Images in this category can be captured from anywhere in the world - outside of Scotland.

Creative Visions of Nature: Images inspired by nature that are innovative and artistic. Photos can be figurative or conceptual, but should provide an alternative or unexpected way of viewing natural subjects or scenes. This category asks the photographer to be creative and non-traditional in viewing, capturing and presenting the natural world.

World Flora: Plant life from the UK or around the world, this category can include natural occurring life such as fungi and algae. Images should aim to capture the flora whether in its own splendour or part of the wider natural environment.

Environmental Impact: What is the impact of climate change and/or human activity in nature and the natural environment? Images submitted in this category seek to explore this theme and should thoughtfully convey the connections of cause and effect.

Junior: Youngsters are encouraged to submit their photographs under the theme ‘Urban Jungle’. This category seeks to uncover some of the unique biodiversity close to where they live, study or go on holiday. The Junior category is divided into two age groups: under 12s and 12 to 16.

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