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Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award winners

Portfolio class winner – Paul Webster

The winners of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year have just been announced – and the images of this fine country are pretty inspiring. 

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The Mamores

Sgor nam Fiannaidh, above Glen Coe (above) 

A dance of light, shade and shifting mists illuminated the Mamores ridge, with a mist-shrouded Ben Nevis behind.

Shot in RAW on Fujifilm XT-1 with xf18-135mm lens, contrast adjustments in Lightroom.

Paul Webster /Scottish landscape photographer of the year award

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Dreams and Nightmares

Aonach Eagach, above Glen Coe

A bright and crisp sunny day had been forecast, but any initial disappointment about the dark clouds evaporated when this view along the ridge was suddenly revealed, with two ravens circling the summit and Glen Coe appearing as a black pit on the right.

Shot in RAW on Fujifilm XT-1 with xf18-135mm lens, contrast adjustments in Lightroom.

Wild Affric

Glen Affric

The native Caledonian pinewoods have helped Affric secure its reputation as Scotland's most beautiful glen. Here the An Tudar ridge rises above the still waters of Loch Affric on a cold day at the start of winter.

Shot in RAW on Fujifilm XT-1 with xf18-135mm lens, contrast adjustments in Lightroom.

Quinag in Winter

Quinag, Assynt

Side light strikes the slopes of Quinag as snow showers queue up overhead. Its extensive nature and dramatic ridges make it one of the finest peaks in north Scotland.

Canon 5DSR, 16-35 f/4 lens at 18mm. ISO 100, 1/15th at f/11. No filters, editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Frozen Symmetry

Sgurr Eilde More, Mamores

The symmetrical peak of Sgurr Eilde Mor in a full winter coat catches the first sunshine of the day. The patterns on the lake are formed by windblown snow.

Canon 5DSR, 16-35 f/4 lens at 16mm. ISO 100, 1/90th at f/13. No filters, editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Grey and Gold

Suilven, Assynt

Sunlight strikes a lochan of golden grasses with Suilven brooding in the distance. From this westerly aspect you have a clear view of its precipitous buttresses.

Sony A7RII, 16-35 f/4 lens at 24mm. ISO 100, 4sec at f/16. 6-stop ND, polariser, editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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. 

Canon EOS7D, Ef-s 10-22mm lens at 14mm, Lee ND .45 hard/ .6 soft graduated filters, 1/13s, f/16 ISO 400, processed in Capture One, sharpened in CS6.

Reeds in the mist

Lochan an Daim, Schiehallion

A misty September morning on Lochan an Daim close to Schiehallion. I live nearby so cycled along to make the most of the conditions.

Camera settings - Canon 6D, Canon 70-200 f2.8L. 1600th sec at f2.8  ISO 50. No filters. Basic brightening and contrast adjustment.

Winter skies at Ardvreck Castle

Loch Assynt, North West Scotland

An atmospheric night at the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, on the shore of Loch Assynt, with the northern lights and the Milky Way above. The Andromeda Galaxy can be seen in the centre.

Sony A7s, Samying 24mm Lens. ISO 4000. 20 seconds exposure at F2. RAW shots taken in rapid succession for full panorama stitched in Light Room.

Morning Mist on Lochaber

Near Inchlaggan, Lochaber

A beautiful cold Autumn morning in Lochaber produced ideal conditions for photography. As the thick mist began to clear, these tree tops became visible with Gleouraich mountain in the background.

Fujifilm XT2, 1/10 second at f16, ISO 200, Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 at 140mm. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Sunshine and Showers     

Glencoe, Highland

While shooting the bluebells for the first time in Ballachulish, the rain came. Then the rainbow appeared over the Pap of Glencoe, and I got wet through as my coat was covering the camera.

Canon EOS7D, Ef17-40mm f/4L lens at 29mm, Lee ND Graduated filter, 0.8s f/16, ISO 100, processed in Capture One, sharpened in CS6.

Loch Skeen

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve, near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway

I have photographed Loch Skeen many times. On this particular morning an intermittent breeze was moving the foreground Bottle Sedge back and forth. A slow shutter speed was used to capture the motion.

Nikon D80, 16-35mm lens at 16mm, 5 stop ND & 0.6 ND soft Grad, 4 secs, f/22, ISO 100. Colour temperature corretion in ACR.

Autumnal flow 

Killiecrankie, Perthshire 

Persistent heavy rain provided soft light to bring out the intense colours, and a twelve-second exposure gave a sense of the flow of the River Garry.

Linhof Techno (view camera), two stop soft neutral density filter, slight curves adjustment.

Two Trees

Rogart, Sutherland

A pair of snow covered trees lit up by the warm golden light at sunset. 

Pentax K10D with Pentax DA 18-55mm at 21mm, f6.7, 1/60s. Basic contrast adjustments.

The Sands of Scarista 

Scarista beach, Isle of Harris

This was taken during midday light, an unavoidable rebellion against typical landscape photography timings. The clouds were quite patchy and fast moving which made for some interesting patterns on the ground.

DJI Phantom 3 Pro, 3 frame AEB HDR blend, processed in Lightroom with minor contrast adjustments, minor colour adjustments, saturation reduction, some sharpening, lens correction.

Shipwrecked Sunset

Longniddry Beach, East Lothian 

A long exposure of this decaying shipwreck, captured on a late summers evening in July 2016.  

Sony A7Rii, Canon 16-35mm lens on a metabones adapter, 0.9 Lee Hard Grad ND filter, post processed in Adobe Lightroom with minimal editing.

Holding on

Cliffs of Yesnaby, Sandwick, Orkney

I was determined to capture some essence of the Isles. Storm Barbara was beginning to hit and a trip to Yesnaby seemed appropriate. Too risky for a tripod in powerful gusts I lay flat on my stomach shielded by an overhang of rock, while powerful waves crashed in off the Atlantic. 

Nikon D800 with Nikon 16-35mm, 1/800 sec, f9, ISO 1000, processed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Skytower Sunset

Rawyards Park, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire

A couple sits beside Rob Mulholland's Skytower sculpture, silhouetted by wonderful sunset colours in April 2016. The scupture is constructed from hundreds of welded wire rods and was designed in conjunction with local primary schools.

Pentax K-5 with 28-300mm, 1/400 sec at f9 and ISO 400. No filter. Processed in Lightroom to increase saturation and contrast.

Edinburgh Castle


An unplanned picture on a freezing November morning that I couldn't resist when passing by.  It caught my eye as the low winter sun had risen just enough to illuminate the scene perfectly.

Homeward Bound

Ballinton, Thornhill, Stirlingshire

Some shots are planned, some guessed and some are pure luck. It is planning and guessing to put yourself in that position that is key. This image is a combination of carefully-planned luck. 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 23mm F 1.4R lens 1/22000 seconds at f1.8 ISO 250. Image cropped in Adobe Camera Raw, processed to monochrome in Nik Silver Efex Pro2.