Toon photographer snaps up award

Peter Lewis with his winning photograph
Peter Lewis with his winning photograph

Peterhead photographer Peter Lewis has secured a win at the ninth annual Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

He secured a win in the Environmental Impact category with Safety Net.

Peter said: “It was a very pleasant surprise to have won an award - I was just delighted to have been shortlisted as the standard of images was very high.”

The winners were chosen from an impressive 435 images of wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, submitted by amateur photographers from around the world.

In each of the eight categories there was an image selected by an 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 and Peter won the public vote.

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.

Lorne said: “Choosing winners from the hundreds of images we receive is never easy, but the level of creativity and the diversity of photographs makes it such a pleasure.

“So many of the images are thought-provoking and inspiring, and I especially enjoy the photographs submitted by younger photographers. It is a completely different perspective to see nature through a child’s eyes and one we should all aim to take more often.”

Caroline Vevers, Events and Exhibitions Officer at the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “As a conservation and education charity, we focus on making people aware of the beauty of wildlife and the natural environment around us, and the importance of preserving it. Seeing an appreciation of that world reflected in these striking photographs is very heartening and we’re so impressed with the quality of entries.”

The winners received a range of prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve with 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.