Kenny Muir wins The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year
Inverness Doctor Scoops Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Title
Inverness photographer Dr Kenny Muir, has been crowned winner of this year’s prestigious Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition.
Inverness-based Muir, won the prestigious title with his winning portfolio of 3 stunning images shot in the remote Glen Affric and the Island of Harris. They included ‘Loch Salach a’ Ghiubhais (Dirty Loch of the Scots Pine)’, a shot of one of the many small lochs deep within Glen Affric; ‘Wild Caledonia’, capturing the morning light hitting the native Caledonian pinewoods of Glen Affric after snowfall; and ‘Seilbost Gneiss’, a tranquil shot showing Luskentyre estuary with the mountains of North Harris behind.
Kenny said: “I am shocked and delighted to have won this competition, particularly when surrounded by so many talented photographers. Two of the winning images are part of a personal project to document the wilder side of Glen Affric, one of Scotland’s largest remnants of Caledonian Forest. I hope to highlight the importance of preserving and regenerating these areas of natural beauty.”
Muir, who works at Raigmore Hospital added “As a hospital doctor I will be taking a break from photography to focus on current events, but really appreciate receiving the award.”
In addition to the overall title, The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition consists of several other categories, including a range of awards sponsored by supporting organisations that include Formatt Hitech, Permajet and the John Muir Trust.
The Youth Category was won for the second year running by Andrew Bulloch, Edinburgh with his image of ‘The “Beast from the East” hits Edinburgh’. Andrew captioned his image “The heavy snowstorms that hit the UK in March 2018 were clearly visible as they swept across the city. I climbed to the summit of Arthur’s Seat to get the best viewpoint and had to get pulled out of a snowdrift on my way down.”
The competition, now in its sixth year, is the brainchild of Perthshire-based landscape photographer, Stuart Low who put it together to promote conservation, inspire photographers of all levels to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes, and to promote Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage to an international audience. All the winning images will be showcased in the best selling limited edition year book that will be available from April 2020.
Stuart Low said: “This year, photographers from across the globe entered the Competition and once again the standard just keeps getting better and better. In these difficult times ahead of us, we hope these stunning images will bring a little joy to everyone.”
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The competition has five major categories, sponsored by Formatt Hitech & Permajet:
Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year (overall award)
Young Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year
Four Seasons Awards
Scottish Weather Award
Your Vision Award
John Muir Trust Wild Places Awards – (x10)