Toon snappers make award shortlist

Stormy Seas by Peter Lewis has made the shortlist of the Landscape category
Stormy Seas by Peter Lewis has made the shortlist of the Landscape category

Two Peterhead photographers have made the shortlist for the Scottish Seabird Centre’s 10th Nature Photography Awards 2015.

Peter Lewis and Charlie Davidson’s stunning shots of a Gannet, stormy seas and the sunset at Rattray Head have made the final 100 list.

The competition received over 500 entries, each one focusing on either wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, and they are now on display in the Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

Charlie is entered in the Environmental Impact and Landscape categories while Peter is in the Nature’s Foragers and Landscape shortlist.

In each category there will be a winner selected by the judges and a winner selected by the voting public.

Visitors to the Seabird Centre can vote and it is also possible to vote online at www.seabird.org.

The closing date for votes is Sunday 21 February 2016 and the winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Centre on 25 February 2016.

The judges, Lorne Gill, award-winning official photographer from Scottish Natural Heritage, outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field Editor Richard Bath, were hugely impressed by the standard of entries and the creative approach shown by the photographers.

There were also two guest judges for two 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.

Winning photographers have the opportunity to secure prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve featuring workshops with judge Lorne Gill and former winner Tom Langlands; short breaks with Ardgour Estate and Ardtornish Estate; day trips with Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions and Rabbie’s Tours; and vouchers for Northshots Photo Adventures.