Photography prize for Montrose teen

Freya with judge Graham Riddell. Picture credit: Greg Macvean Photography
Freya with judge Graham Riddell. Picture credit: Greg Macvean Photography

A 16-year-old photographer from Montrose has secured a win at the Scottish Seabird Centre’s tenth Nature Photography Awards.

Freya Sanders won the judges’ vote in the Junior 12 to 16 category, with Topsy Turvy Trees.

The winners were chosen from an impressive 510 images and short films of wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes, submitted by amateur photographers from around the world.

In each of the categories there was an image selected by the 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, with thousands of votes cast.

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. There were also two guest judges for the new categories: STV’s Laura Miller judged the videos entered for Nature Condensed and author Fiona Bird shortlisted the category Nature’s Forager, launched to support VisitScotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

The winners received a range of prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve featuring workshops with judge Lorne Gill and former winner Tom Langlands; short breaks with Ardgour Estate and Ardtornish Estate; day trips with Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions and Rabbie’s Tours; vouchers for Northshots Photo Adventures; memberships for the Scottish Wildlife Trust and camera equipment from Rigu.

An exhibition of the winning photographs will be on display at the Scottish Seabird Centre until late March. Included with admission – adult £8.95/ child £4.95.