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Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards gives photographers the chance to spread their creative wings with the ‘Your Vision’ category.

The category invites photographers to submit images that have been edited or altered with creative tools. Photographers are free to use any editing techniques they want in this category. The judges are looking to see who can create art with their photography.

We’re proud to have sponsored this award for a second consecutive year, printing all the images for the major exhibition in Edinburgh in June.

The photographers have shown us their visions and the results are in…

And the winner is…

Huge congratulations to Peter Paterson, this year’s winner of the ‘Your Vision’ category. His gorgeous image, ‘Misty Sunrise’, features a single row boat on a calm, still lake surrounded by morning mist.

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

“Winning the award was very satisfying to say the least. For my work to be recognised in this way gave me a great sense of accomplishment.”

Stuart Low, organiser of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, loves Peter’s image:

“Peter’s image resonates with me on many levels. I used to fish here… I was always armed with a camera to make the most of my day should the conditions not be ideal for fishing. Peter has captured that mood that I used to remember.”

‘Misty Sunrise’

Peter’s winning image is comprised of two separate shots, taken a month apart, in the Trossachs. The boat is from Loch Rusky and the sunrise was taken on Loch Venacher. He explains how he created this atmospheric image:

“The image was put together using two images from different shoots with similar lighting in Photoshop, making sure that I got the reflection and lighting believable.”

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

The skills used to make this image look completely realistic are one of the reasons why Peter won. The ‘Your Vision’ category allows entrants to explore different editing methods to create fictional or fantasy landscapes. Peter chose to edit two images together because he felt his sunrise shot needed something extra:

“I thought that the morning sunrise shot needed something else in the frame to make it more interesting.”

Stuart was impressed by the skills Peter used to create this image:

“He has deployed his skill in post-processing to use two images to merge into a seamless and tranquil beauty, and this evokes the mood of those beautiful mornings I remember perfectly.”

Peter’s prizes

Peter has won £250 lab credit to spend here at Loxley Colour. He has used this to order two matching Vista framed prints displaying some of his gorgeous work.

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

We have a huge range of products perfect for displaying stunning landscape photographs like the Acrylic Gallery and the Fine Art Book. You can showcase your sweeping landscape shots on a range of our award-winning products.

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

Peter’s ‘Misty Sunrise’ shot was also on display at the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition in Edinburgh in June.

Your Vision: This year’s winners

Stuart Low was incredibly impressed by this year’s winning shots. They all capture different aspects of the Scottish landscape and each have their own unique artistic impression.

Runner up Robert Wilson won £150 lab credit thanks to his gorgeous shot ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: Garage’. Stuart loves this building and was glad to see someone had captured its beauty:

“I really like the way Robert has used his vision to breathe some life into the old building. There’s an obvious look and feel of Americana with the neon sign above the doors, but also a hint of nostalgia at what the garage may once have been used for.”

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

The Highly Commended award goes to Luca Benini for his stunning ‘Hebridean Miracle’. Luca has won a 30×20″ framed print or wall product of his choice. Stuart was impressed with the techniques Luca used here:

“He has used his Photoshop skills to blend two contrasting images to create this seamless scene.”

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

Ian Biggs won the Commended award and a 20×16″ framed print or wall product of his choice with his ‘Blackwood of Rannoch’ shot. Stuart loved how Ian had edited this shot to focus on certain aspects of the trees:

“The unusual long crop draws my eye to explore around the shapes of the limbs and branches. Very subtle, but powerful none-the-less.”

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

See Scotland like never before

You can browse through all the gorgeous winning images from this year’s exhibit and learn more about the competition and how you can enter on the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year website.

We’ll be sponsoring the Your Vision category next year and we can’t wait to see what the awards hold in store once again. We look forward to seeing your gorgeous landscape shots – good luck!