Landscape Photographer of the Year awards!

I was sitting editing a wedding on Saturday afternoon when my email beeped... Now, I'm not normally easily distracted when I've got my wediting groove on, but I'm glad I took a peek at this one. It seems that I've been exceptionally fortunate and had a photograph has won the Classic View category of this year's Landscape Photographer of the Year competition! 

It's always gratifying when people enjoy your work, but to have been granted an award of this size in a competition judged by some of the most respected landscape photographers in the country is just stunning! My photograph not only topped the Classic View category but was also selected as the Judge's Choice by Steve Watkins from Outdoor Photography magazine. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to buy him a pint at the opening of the exhibition in London in November.

I've spent a long time on the road this year, researching, writing and shooting for the Photographing Scotland guidebook that I'm writing. The book should be finished and with the editors at fotoVUE for fact checking and laying out soon, so opening that email this afternoon has been a huge motivational boost to get out there and finish off the last few locations I want to visit before signing off on the project. If you think you might be interested in the book once it's in print (early spring 2017) then there's a newsletter sign-up below. And of course, should you fancy a print of a photograph that was already close to my heart, that can be arranged too!



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Book Progress

It's been a long time in the making, but things are finally starting to take shape on the Photographing Scotland guidebook that I've been working on for the last two years. It's not all been plain sailing, but as they say, "a calm sea does not make for a skilled sailor." Regardless of the weather, the start of the  month saw the demise of my trusty campervan, which decided to break down at the furthest point from Glasgow of the trip.

Since then I've replaced the van, and taken the new machine out for its first test run, staying relatively local in glen Coe and Glen Etive for the first time out. The very first morning of the trip saw one of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever witnessed, with a perfect temperature inversion around the Bauchaille and Glen Etive! 

The morning just kept getting better and better... The light once the sun broke the horizon was incredible, and I eventually trudged down the hill with some of the best landscape photographs I've taken in a while.

The conditions prevailed through the whole of the first trip, and I had a great time on Rannoch Moore and down Glen Etive, ticking off locations and writing up notes for the Scotland Guidebook. Maybe it's an omen, and the new van will bring a little luck! Or maybe it's just coincidence. I'm hitting the road again tomorrow for a few weeks, so fingers crossed for more of the same either way.