Alford photographer snaps up prize at Seabird awards

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A Donside photographer is one of two Aberdeenshire men to snap up prizes at the Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

Photographer Bob Humphreys from Alford secured a win in the Scottish Wildlife category with Dolphin with Fish.

Peter Lewis from Peterhead won the Environmental Impact category with Safety Net.

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.

Bob won the judges’ vote while Peter won the public vote.

Bob Humphreys, who is the Chairman of Donside Camera Club in Alford, said: “Wildlife photography can be challenging, requiring patience, being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to get the best from your equipment. Add to that an element of luck and sometimes you can capture that special moment.”

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 Gill, Scottish Natural Heritage photographer and judge, 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. Congratulations to Bob and Peter.

“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.”

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.