Donside photographer up for top nature snap award

The Donside man's image
The Donside man's image

A Donside snapper has reached the finals of a prestigious nature photography competition, with an image that’s a real ‘beast’.

Alford man Bob Humphreys has had two of his pictures shortlisted in the annual Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards.

His pictures of a buzzard and a red deer caught the judge’s attention in the Scottish Wildlife category.

Now in their eighth year, the Scottish Seabird Centre’s awards attracted a record level of entries across the seven categories and more than 100 images have been shortlisted.

The shortlist is currently on display at the centre in North Berwick and the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on February 27.

Bob, who was the winner of the Public Choice award in the 2012 competition, said: “After winning the hotly contested Public Choice award it is fantastic to be shortlisted again. With ‘Red Deer in the Snow’ I had visualized this image at the beginning of the winter and had been waiting for the ‘perfect’ day, with large snowflakes and no wind. I knew roughly where the herd would be, set up the camera and they, and the weather, obliged!”

Entries were received from amateur photographers across Scotland, the rest of the UK, and internationally, with images submitted from Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary and the USA.

Judge, Lorne Gill said: “This is my first year on the judging panel... and I have been tremendously impressed by the high standard.”