Photos to celebrate natural diversity

Winning entry: One of last year's prize-winning entries, 'Tortoiseshell Butterfly' by Carole Anderson.'Photo courtesy of SNH
Winning entry: One of last year's prize-winning entries, 'Tortoiseshell Butterfly' by Carole Anderson.'Photo courtesy of SNH

KEEN photographers are being urged to capture the diversity of Scotland’s wildlife by entering Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) annual photo competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers and will this year celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland and Scotland’s Nature Festival, which will take place between May 18 and 26.

Zeshan Akhter, festival organiser, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing what inspires people about Scotland’s nature this year; we always get plenty of amazing shots. You don’t have to have an expensive camera – in previous years, winners have taken photos on their mobile phones.”

First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with leading nature photographer Lorne Gill; second prize is a Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera and accessories and third prize is a Pentax X5 Bridge Camera with tripod and carry case.

Entrants should e-mail their pictures to biodiversity@snh.gov.uk by August 1, 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 include the entrant’s name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries and further information is available at http://www.biodiversityscotland.gov.uk/area/naturefestival/photo-comp/