Photographers from Bearsden wow judges

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Two amateur photographers have won awards in a prestigious nature photography competition run by the Scottish Seabird Centre.

The stunning snaps by Neil MacGregor and 16-year-old Catherine Sim were selected from over 500 spectacular images.

Neil’s shot ‘Osprey With Catch’ was the winner for the Scottish Wildlife category and his picture ‘Into The Deep’ won the Creative Visions of Nature category.

Neil said: “It was fantastic to achieve first place in two of the most popular categories this year and a great follow up to my wins in the 2011 competition, where I secured wins in the Public Choice and Landscape categories.

“This is the third time I have entered the Nature Photography Awards and for my images to have impressed both the judges and the voting public feels really special - many thanks to all who voted.

“I can’t wait to enjoy my prize – a special photography trip to the Isle of May with award-winning wildlife photographer and judge, Lorne Gill. Hopefully I’ll come back with some images to submit for next year’s awards.”

Catherine secured a runner-up place with her image Rainy Leaf in the Juniors (12-16) category.

She said: “I was really pleased to be shortlisted for this competition and I was very happy to receive runner up award in my category as there were a lot of excellent photos I was up against! I will definitely be entering again next year!”

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amazing response to our annual photography competition. It has been very encouraging for us, as a campaigning conservation and education charity which focuses on raising appreciation and awareness of our amazing wildlife and natural environment, to see the public so engaged with the natural world around them. Congratulations to all the winners for helping us enjoy some truly amazing natural wonders.”

Lorne Gill, photographer and competition judge, said: “This was my first year of judging and I’ve been impressed by what I have seen. The entries were thought-provoking and creative across all the categories. Technically the pictures are stronger than ever and aesthetically very good.”