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9 Epic images that show the rugged beauty of Scotland

Winning images from the Scottish Landscape Photography awards will give you travel vibes…

Okay, so there isn’t that much travelling going on at the moment and this is exactly why we need competitions like the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards to fill that wanderlust gap and inspire us for when we can head out with a camera again.

The competition was launched back in 2014 and shines a light on the amazing locations and scenes photographers can find in Scotland. 2021’s Overall Winner title went to Dylan Nardini for a collection of images that included a frame entitled Arran Light, which was captured on the Isle of Arran using a Nikon D850 full-frame camera.

Image by Dylan Nardini / SLPOTY

The Overall Runner-Up title was awarded to Stephen Robbie, for a collection of images that included a spectacular shot entitled ‘The ‘At Last’ Lighthouse’ which was captured in Aberdour, Fife. Stephen used a Canon 1300D and focus stacked multiple files to create this masterpiece.

Image by Stephen Robbie / SLPOTY

Marc Pickering was named as the winner of the Landscape category for an image entitled “First light, Loch Ederline”, which was captured at Loch Ederline, Ford, Argyll. Taken with a Canon 5D Mark III paired with a Canon 70-200mm and shows first light breaking through a low lying mist over Loch Ederline.

Image by Marc Pickering / SLPOTY

Runner-up in the hotly contested Landscape category was Sophie Schneeberger, who’s image – entitled ‘In The Clouds’ was captured at Sgùrr nan Gillean on the Isle of Skye using a Nikon D850 DSLR. Sophie commented; ‘Looking towards Sligachan, Sgùrr nan Gillean revealed itself beneath these beautiful, glowing clouds. The scene lasted only a few seconds before the clouds obscured the mountain once more.’

Image by Sophie Schneeberger / SLPOTY

Winner of the Seascape category was Tony Higginson who’s images included this brilliant frame entitled; “Storm Ciara at Elgol”, which was captured at Elgol, Isle of Skye using a Canon 5D Mark IV. Tony commented; ‘ As a hailstorm blew over the Cullin mountains, I got lucky when the sun briefly appeared and illuminated the scene adding that extra magic.’

Image by Tony Higginson / SLPOTY

This magical frame of Bagh Steinigidh on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides was named as Runner Up in the Seascapes category. Taken by Philip Durkin and entitled ‘The Blue Hour – Isle Of Harris”, the image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIV and was created using a long exposure of three and a half minutes.

Image by Philip Durkin / SLPOTY

The winner of the Treescapes category was announced as Waldemar Matusik, who captured this mysterious frame – entitled; “Dreamy Forrest” at Bathgate, West Lothian using a Nikon D810 DSLR. Waldemar commented; ‘There were misty and atmospheric weather conditions for a week or so, which is perfect for woodland photography. I went to my favourite local woods and used a telephoto lens to increase the depth of field and create space between the trees as they faded into the gloom. The thick fog was beautiful, which boosted the magic of the place.’

Image by Waldemar Matusik / SLPOTY

Alistair Dick claimed the Runner Up spot in the Treescapes category for this beautiful frame entitled “Breakthrough”. Captured at Beecraigs, Linlithgow using a Canon 5D Mark IV Alistair commented; ‘On a foggy late autumn morning as time wore on, the light tried its best to break through the tree canopy, illuminating the gloriously coloured leaves when viewed from ground level.’

Image by Alistair Dick / SLPOTY

Also placing in the winning list was this spectacular frame by Bill Ward, which claimed Runner Up in the Your Vision category. Taken at Luskentyre, West Harris, Outer Hebrides using a Pentax K-1 II, Bill commented; ‘There’d been a storm gathering all morning over Luskentyre.  As the clouds broke, the light against the darkness was quite something – it was this that I decided to concentrate on.’

Image by Bill Ward / SLPOTY