Bearsden photographers celebrate success in prestigious nature photo awards

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Two Bearsden photographers have wowed the judges with striking shots they entered into the prestigious nature photography awards.

Bearsden residents Neil MacGregor and Catherine Sim have reached the shortlist of finalists in North Berwick’s Scottish Seabird Centre’s contest.

Neil has three images across three different categories: in Worldwide Wildlife ‘Male Eider Tending Chick’; in Scottish Wildlife ‘Osprey with Catch’ and in Creative Visions of Nature ‘Into the Deep’. Catherine has two images shortlisted in the Junior category ‘Rainy Leaf’ and ‘Spiders’.

Now in their eighth year, this competition attracted a record level of entries across the seven categories and more than 100 stunning images have been shortlisted. These images are currently on display in the Centre’s Discovery Centre.

Neil MacGregor said: “After winning in both the Landscape and Public Choice categories in 2011, I’m delighted to be shortlisted in these other categories for the 2013 competition, with three very different images. I hope I get the chance to secure another win!”

Catherine Sim (16), said: “I’m delighted that my images stood out for the judges – it’s fantastic to be shortlisted. My image ‘Rainy leaf’ was taken on a cold, wintery morning in September last year in a neighbour’s front garden after heavy rainfall. I took this photo looking up to the leave and the colours looked so pretty! My second image ‘Spiders’ was taken in my own back garden after it had been raining. The raindrops looked nice on the cobweb and I didn’t realise until afterwards that there was actually two spiders in the photo!”

Also included in the exhibition are some incredible wildlife images from locations around the world including a brown bear mother and her cubs taken in Alaska, a group of macaques taking a natural spa treatment in Japan and some wonderful Scottish wildlife images featuring such well-loved creatures as puffins, red squirrels, red deer and ospreys.

The judges were Lorne Gill, the award-winning official photographer at Scottish Natural Heritage; outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell; and Scottish Field editor Richard Bath.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We’re thrilled by the incredibly high standard of images submitted this year, and given that the competition is only open to amateur photographers, the quality of the entries is stunning. These amazing photographs will inspire everyone who sees them.”