Skye-based Nick Hanson has been announced as the 2017 winner of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.
The Dumfries-born photographer submitted a portfolio of images shot in the Cairngorms, Skye and Glen Affric.
He won the prestigious accolade despite strong competition from thousands of entries all over the globe.
His winning photographs included "Autumn Colours" - a vivid shot of mist-shrouded grasses by the side of Loch Pityoulish in the Cairngorms National Park. Also included was an image of the snow-capped peaks of Skye's Glamaig, entitled "Glamaig Reflection" and "Autumn In Glen Affric", featuring birches and ferns in the Caledonian Forest in Glen Affric.
"Glamaig Reflection", also received one of the 10 Wild Places Awards, sponsored by the John Muir Trust, which owns and manages Glamaig and the surrounding land.
Nick said: “When I got the phone call informing me of my award, I was shaking in disbelief. I am extremely delighted to have been awarded overall winner this year, it is such a great achievement for me.”
The young photographer of the year title went to 16 year old George Rees from St Andrews for his black white image of ‘East Lomond Rock’ taken in the Lomond Hills in Fife.
George said: “I am delighted to be awarded the Scottish young landscape photographer of the year 2017. I look forward to the opportunities this award has opened up for me.”
In addition to the overall title, The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition consists of eleven other categories, including a range of awards sponsored by supporting organisations that include AcademyClass, Formatt Hitech, The Isle of Harris Distillery, Loxley Colour, Caledonian MacBrayne, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland and the John Muir Trust.
The competition, now in its third year, is the brainchild of Fife-based landscape photographer, Stuart Low who put it together to promote and inspire photographers of all levels to explore Scotland’s diverse rural, urban and coastal landscapes, and to promote Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage to an international audience. Winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions and in a special edition book that will be published on 10th March 2017
Stuart Low, the founder and head judge of the competition said: “The competition goes from strength to strength and this follows on from the incredible success of the first two years. Last year’s book sold out in record time and we’ve already had pre-orders for this year’s book when it comes out in March. We had major exhibitions like the one at Ocean Terminal that was a huge hit with the public and on the back of that, we’ve been booked up again for this year.
Once again, photographers from right across the world entered the competition. They took to the mountains, the islands, the coasts and the streets, and they captured the most stunning and diverse views of our spectacular country. My congratulations to them all!”