Drum roll please...RSPB Scotland photo competition winners announced

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Drum roll please...RSPB Scotland photo competition winners announced

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Lisa Dove, Community Fundraiser for RSPB Scotland, reveals the winners of the 2013 RSPB Scotland photo competition.

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With over 200 entries received, our judges had a tough job to do deciding the winners of the 2013 RSPB Scotland Photography Competition. Dean Bricknell, John Aitchison and Andy Hay spent much time sifting through photos and even found a few surprises. With so many top quality entries it is clear that Scotland has fantastic wildlife, nature and photographers!

Our expert judges (l-r) Dean Bricknell, John Aitchison and Andy Hay.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the competition and helped us spread the word. Now without further ado we present the winners....

RSPB Scotland Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The top prize has been awarded to Iris Waanders of the Netherlands. Her stunning photo of two red-necked phalaropes was taken on a visit to Shetland.

Judge John Aitchison said: “Red-necked phalaropes are wonderfully confiding but they are also small and they move continuously which makes them hard to photograph.  Unusually among birds the males are less brightly marked than the females so this photograph is interesting as it shows the drabber, slimmer male mating with the more colourful female.  It's an excellent photograph of a fleeting and intimate moment in the lives of these fascinating birds which, RSPB research has just shown, cross the Atlantic when they leave Shetland then fly to the Pacific ocean to spend the winter on the sea close to the Galapagos Islands - the only European bird to do so."

Second prize went to  Richard Bennet for his fantastic photo of three otters fishing off Yell in Shetland.

Animal behaviour

We received fantastic entries in the animal behaviour category including this winning photo of a dolphin and jellyfish taken by Lesley Garven at Chanonry Point, Fortrose.

The second place prize was awarded to Andy Hayes. His stunning photo of an osprey wascaptured at Rothiemurchus Estate in the Cairngorms.


A fiery sunrise captured the judges imagination and Dominic Boulding scooped top prize in the category for the impressive photo of Cairngorm Mountain.

Sylviane Moss’ photo of a moody sky near Camasunary, Isle of Skye came a close second.

Giving Nature a Home

A photo by Jonathan Avery of a blue tit feeding a hungry chick won the prize in the Giving Nature a Home category.

A colourful damsel fly making a home for itself on a duck pond near Langholm secured second prize for Stanley Wilson.

People & Nature

Another win for Lesley Garven, this photo of a dolphin leaping off of Chanonry Point captured the judges imagination and was awarded top prize in the people and nature category.

Eric McCabe’s tranquil portrait with wildflowers at Tweedbank in the Borders took second prize.

Young Photographer of the Year

The title of RSPB Scotland Young Photographer of the Year was awarded to Imogen Hayden, aged 11, for her beautiful photo of a white-tailed eagle on the Isle of Skye.

Judge John Aitchison said: “Imogen's photograph is a real winner and she's only eleven!  I have filmed white-tailed eagles taking fish and I know how hard it is to take a decent photograph of them.  Giving Nature a Home was the theme of the under 18 category and the reintroduction of white tailed eagles to Scotland has been a great success.  They really have been given back their home here.”

Rona Ballantyne, aged 14, scooped second prize for her endearing photo of a mouse taken in Perth.


Congratulations to all of our winners and the runners up!





  • Thank you Andy :)

  • Hi Valerie

    If you contact Lisa Dove at Scottish Headquarters she can give you my contact details.

    Would be pleased to let you use 'EJ" for RSPB promotion. I have several more interesting shots that I can let you see. Regards Andy

  • Can I ask if the photo of EJ by Andy Hayes can be used as a cover photo on a facebook page for Loch Garten obviously with stating the name of the photographer as his copyright

  • All just wonderful!   Congrats to the winners!