Photo finish to find Scottish landscape photographer of the year 2015

Keen ‘snappers’ from across the region are being urged to get their entries in for the Scottish Landscape Photographer of The Year 2015 Competition.

Celebrating the beauty of Scotland’s breathtaking scenery, the competition - which has been endorsed by VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation - is open to amateur, professional and young photographers from the UK and overseas. The closing date for entries is 14 November.

Timed to coincide with the spectacular colours of the Scottish autumn, the competition is the brainchild of Fife-based landscape photographer Stuart Low. Now in its second year and building on the success of the inaugural competition, this year’ s contest boasts an increased prize fund of £14,000 and has attracted new sponsors such as by Academy Class, Caledonian MacBrayne, Calumet Photographic, Fotospeed, Scottish Natural Heritage and Formatt-Hitech.

Competition founder, Stuart Low said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the competition – which is all about promoting photography and tourism - is continuing again after the inaugural competition proved a great success. The book we produced is a best seller and the exhibition of winning images was so popular that there were extended runs at various galleries across Scotland.

“In this day and age we’re used to seeing images on a screen, but the fact that people could see winning photos printed or hanging on a wall has led to several of the photographers earning sales and also to many exhibition visitors being inspired to take up photography. The exhibitions were also good for tourism because they’ve raised the profiles of the locations shown in the images and encouraged tourists to visit these places during their stay. I’m really excited about seeing this year’s entries and hoping to build on the competition’s success once again.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said: “We welcome the return of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. With over 11,000km of coastline, hundreds of islands, majestic mountains and beautiful canals, rivers and lochs, Scotland’s landscape and distinctive geography makes for the perfect photographer’s playground.

“From the Scottish Borders to the Shetland Islands, we have a worldwide reputation for our natural beauty with has inspired both photographers and filmmakers alike to come to our shores and take in our spectacular landscapes. They say a picture paints a thousand words and we look forward to seeing ‘essays’ of wonder from entrants once again.”

For more information about the various categories in the Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2015 competition and details of how to enter, go to http://www.slpoty.co.uk or email Stuart Low at stuartlow1202@googlemail.com