From craggy cliff faces to snow-capped mountains: The truly STUNNING winning images from the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year contest
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Evocative images of Scotland’s mountains shrouded in mist and snow have come top in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year contest.
Paul Webster, from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, fought off strong competition from thousands of entries from across the globe to win the prestigious title.
Together, his winning portfolio comprises three incredible shots of the mountain ranges of the Lochaber Geopark and Glen Affric.
They include Dreams and Nightmares, a shot of light breaking through to light up Aonach Eagach whilst two ravens circle overhead.
Another picture, The Mamores, captures the mists shifting past Sgor nam Fiannaidh, above Glen Coe.
Whilst Wild Affric is a tranquil shot of the landscape and the magnificent Caledonian pines that surround Loch Affric, dusted by the first snows of the winter.
Paul said: ‘When I got the telephone call, I was honestly just astonished to be told I’d won.
‘There are so many landscape photographers I really admire that enter this competition, and to have come out on top is just unbelievable – I’m thrilled.’
Webster, 43, is no stranger to the Highlands having moved to Scotland 11 years ago with his wife Helen, where they set up the popular Walkhighlands website.
There are 11 categories in the annual Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which is now in its fourth year.
One of the new awards introduced for this year’s competition was the ‘Scottish Weather’ award, judged by BBC weather presenter and news anchor Anne Lundon.
The contest was started by Stuart Low, from Perthshire, who put it together to promote and inspire photographers of all levels to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes, and to show off Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage to an international audience.
The winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions across Scotland and in a special edition book.
Stuart Low, head judge, said: ‘The competition is now firmly established, not only in the UK but right across the globe.
‘It’s evolved and diversified too. This year, we’ve seen more photographers shooting on traditional film and some have even submitted entries using historical photographic processes, like cyanotypes, which date back to the 1790s, so it’s been very interesting to judge.
‘The competition does a lot of good too. The images that the photographers capture of our iconic, and even unseen places, promote tourism and the book that showcases the winning images adds to that.
‘Acting as a brochure for Scotland’s amazing places, it inspires visitors to follow in the footsteps of the photographers so they can experience the views for themselves.’
Second success: Jeanie Lazenby also won the Landscape category with this picture, called Ever Changing Light. Loch Bad A’Ghaill, Inverpolly. Sunshine, showers, rainbows and midges were all in abundance on this particular evening when capturing some delightful light across Loch Bad a’Ghaill in Inverpolly