Scottish nature photography competition

This is called Year of Natural Scotland video.

If you missed participating in that Scottish nature photography competition, then maybe this is a new opportunity for you?

From Wildlife Extra:

Scottish nature photography competition

Wanted: Scotland’s best nature photos

May 2013. To celebrate Scotland’s amazing wildlife and countryside during the Year of Natural Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a free photo contest. As part of Scotland’s Nature Festival, SNH is encouraging Scots to enjoy nature by capturing their favourite natural places and wildlife.

Closes August 1st

The seventh annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Keen photographers have plenty of time to get snapping, with a deadline of August 1 to get their photos to SNH.


First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with one of Scotland’s leading professional nature photographers, Lorne Gill; second prize is a Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera with 18-55mm VR lens kit, tripod and carry case; and third prize is a Pentax X5 Bridge Camera with tripod and carry case.

This contest is part of Scotland’s Nature Festival, which includes events across Scotland taking place from May 18-26. For more information on what’s going on near you, see

Scotland’s Nature Festival organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said: “Taking pictures is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our countryside. I’m looking forward to seeing what inspires people about Scotland’s nature this year; we always get plenty of amazing shots. And you don’t have to have an expensive camera – in previous years, winners have taken photos on their mobile phones!”

How to enter

Entrants should email their pictures of animals, plants or landscapes to by 1st August 2013, as an attachment with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Entries must be original, have a title, indicate where in Scotland the photo was taken, and the entrant’s name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries. Entrants must be residents of Scotland. SNH will notify winners in September and the winning entries will be posted on the website and highlighted in the Scottish Biodiversity Forum’s quarterly newsletter. For more information, click here.

From the Biodiversity Scotland site:

This year’s competition theme

This year the competition’s theme is “I spend time in nature because…”.

We would like you to send in photographs of places you go regularly or perhaps somewhere you only went once but that affected you deeply. Your image could be of a landscape or, capture in small scale some aspect of the place that you were in, for example focus on a single plant or animal.

Tell us in words why this place and its nature is special to you. You could describe your experience in the form of a short paragraph or even a poem. We want to know why nature is special to you. This accompanying information will play an important part in judging your entry.

To get you started, we thought you might like to read a poem by Tasnim Rafiq in which she describes what being in a beautiful place by a waterfall means to her.

October 2013. A new report, commissioned by Scotland’s leading environmental charities, has shown a significant gulf between the Scottish Government’s stated ambition on the environment and the reality of what it delivers on the ground. Read the full report here.

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