Shire snappers wow judges for coveted awards

Peter Lewis' entry for the Environmental Impact category, 'Safety Net'
Peter Lewis' entry for the Environmental Impact category, 'Safety Net'

Peterhead photographer Peter Lewis and Bob Humphreys from Alford have impressed the judges at the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards.

The Seabird Centre recently announced the finalists in its ninth annual competition and both Aberdeenshire photographers have two images shortlisted.

Peter's Scottish Wildlife category entry, 'Early Morning Catch'

Peter's Scottish Wildlife category entry, 'Early Morning Catch'

Peter and Bob have both been shortlisted in the Scottish Wildlife category, Peter with his photographs entitled Early Morning Catch and in Environmental Impact with Safety Net.

The panel of judges featured Lorne Gill, award-winning official photographer from Scottish Natural Heritage, outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field editor Richard Bath.

Commenting on his entries, Peter said: “Early Morning Catch was taken on July 6 at the Bullers of Buchan.

“A friend and I were off to photograph puffins and other seabirds at the cliff tops near our home when I spotted this Yellowhammer with a moth in its mouth in some gorse.

“My image from the Environmental Impact category, Safety Net, was taken on March 3, 2013.

“This migrant, which was way off course at Rattray Beach, was using and old creel net as a vantage point.

He added: “I took this to show how man’s rubbish can be adapted by wildlife sometimes.”

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The standard of images for this year’s competition has been fantastic and they all demonstrate outstanding skill and a real appreciation of the natural world.

“We look forward to people visiting and having the opportunity to vote for their favourites – they have some tough decisions to make! I wish Bob and Peter the best of luck.”

Richard Bath, magazine editor and judge for the awards, said: “It was really tough deciding on the shortlist, and Bob and Peter have done really well.

“There were a huge number of beautiful and creative images which the public now have the opportunity to see in the exhibition – I’m sure they will find them both thought-provoking and inspiring.

“I hope as many people as possible head to the exhibition to vote for their favourites.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Scottish Seabird Centre on Thursday, February 26.

Winning photographers have the opportunity to secure prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve with SNH photographer Lorne Gill, 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.