Charlie takes top photography prize

Charlie Davidson with his winning image.
Charlie Davidson with his winning image.

A Peterhead photographer has scooped a top prize at the recent Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

Charlie Davidson won in the Environmental Impact category with his picture of a Gannet.

The winners were chosen from an impressive 510 images and short films of wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, submitted by amateur photographers from around the world.

In each of the categories there was an image selected by the 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, with thousands of votes cast. Charlie won the public vote.

Commenting on his award, Charlie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Public vote in the Environmental Impact Category.

“It humbles me that the Public chose my image as their favourite out of so many fantastic shots.

“It is also an honour to have my images on show in such a great venue as the Scottish Seabird Centre.”

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.

There were also two guest judges for the new categories: STV’s Laura Miller judged the videos entered for Nature Condensed and author Fiona Bird shortlisted the category Nature’s Forager, launched to support VisitScotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

Meanwhile, an exhibition of the winning photographs will be on display at the Scottish Seabird Centre until late March.