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Deadline: November 30, 2013
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: £5.00 per category

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The Scottish Nature Photography Awards Photographic Competition

 Scottish Nature Photography Awards Photographers from all over the world are drawn to and inspired by Scotland’s landscape and natural heritage. The Scottish Nature Photography Awards celebrates nature, wildlife and landscape photography in Scotland.
The Photographic Competition 2013 categories are as follows:

Scottish Wildlife Portrait Category

In the Scottish Wildlife Portrait category, we are looking for images of wildlife in their natural habitat. Images can be of native, resident or migrant wild species. Wildlife subjects photographed in a studio setting or a captive environment are not eligible. As with human portraiture, a wildlife portrait should convey the character and essence of the individual or group.

Scottish Wildlife Behaviour Category

In the Scottish Wildlife Behaviour category, we are looking for images of wildlife in their natural habitat. Images can be of native, resident or migrant wild species. Wildlife subjects photographed in a studio setting or a captive environment are not eligible. This an opportunity for the photographer to share with the viewer what is often a fleeting moment of behavioural display. The judges will look for images that combine behavioural interest with aesthetic and technical considerations.

Scottish Landscape – The Land Category

Scotland’s landscape offers many “iconic” images. From rugged, remote mountains and lochs, to gently rolling farmland and meandering rivers. Many landscapes have become so well known largely because they are so attractive to photographers. The creative aim should be to show new places and new slants on familiar places. Surprise and challenge the judges with your interpretation of the land.

Scottish Landscape – The Sea & Coast Category

Scotland has an extensive, varied coastline – from sheer cliffs to seemingly infinite sandy beaches – not to mention its many islands. Coastal landscapes and seascapes provide quintessential images of Scotland. The judges will be looking for an image that shows the Scottish Sea & Coast at its absolute finest.

Scottish Landscape – Urban Greenspace Category

In Scotland, remote wild land is contrasted with busy centres of population. Nature still thrives in our towns and cities and green spaces – e.g. parks, gardens, woods, rivers and tow paths – are all key parts of the landscape. These green spaces are widely accessible and provide vital opportunities for urban dwellers, workers and visitors to engage with nature. The Scottish landscape isn’t just defined by untouched wilderness. Nature is where you live! The judges will be looking for good landscape photography techniques to be applied in an innovative way in the context of urban green space. NB. For the purposes of the competition, we are loosely defining “urban” as populated areas ranging from large village/small town communities to big cities. “Designed” landscapes e.g. formal parks and urban architecture are fine as subject matter, but please remember that the theme of this section is green space, so images of the built environment should only be submitted if they include a strong element of nature within them.

Scottish Botanical Category

Scotland is home to many species of native plants and flowers. We are looking for images of native plants and flowers in their natural habitat, i.e. growing wild, rather than cultivated.

Natural Abstract Category

The Natural Abstract category will demonstrate how an abstract image of even the most familiar aspects of nature and landscape can transform your perception. The judges will be looking for an image with great impact and one that shows the photographer’s talent in capturing something not just that little bit different, but something extraordinary.

Environmental Category

This category invites images of all aspects of the environment and man’s impact upon – and relationship with – nature. This category has a reportage element, so the judges will be looking for images that convey a message or tell a story about this broad subject area e.g. natural energy. pollution, conservation, regeneration, land use (agriculture, crofting, aquaculture, forestry etc.) and biodiversity. These are just examples, the environmental topic (with a positive or negative viewpoint) is up to you.

Winners of the above 8 categories will compete for the title of “Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2013”.

One of our key objectives for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards is to encourage and promote emerging talent. We are again inviting entries for “Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year” and “Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year”

Student Category

This category is open to students (full or part-time and over 18 years of age) undertaking a further or higher education course with a Photography element. In this category, we ask for a portfolio of 3 images on a single nature theme. For the first time this year we are setting a required theme and the 2013 theme is WEATHER.

We are looking for a portfolio of images that creatively interpret the theme and show technical skill. Weather influences landscape, environment and wildlife as well as providing opportunities for abstract images, so there is wide scope for imaginative portrayal of Scotland’s weather.

As with the main categories, wildlife and botanical subjects should be photographed in their natural habitats.

Entry to this category is limited to the portfolio of 3 images. Extra images cannot be entered to this category and portfolios of less than 3 images are not eligible. Students who would prefer to enter the main categories may do so, but only entrants to the Student category will compete for the title of “Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2013”.

Junior Category

This category is open to young people under 18 years of age on 30th November 2013. Junior entrants may submit up to 5 images, each of which may be on any Scottish nature subject. As with the main categories, wildlife and botanical subjects should be photographed in their natural habitats.

Entry to the Junior category must be with the permission of a Parent or Guardian. Junior (under-18) entrants cannot enter the main categories. Entrants to the Junior category will compete for the title of “Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2013”.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: There will be 8 category winners and the winning images from each category will then be judged again to select the overall winner who will be the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2013. The winner will receive an engraved glass award for category and overall winner. The overall winner will also receive a £200 gift voucher for Calumet Photographic

Sponsors prizes include Giclée prints, Scotland Outdoors Magazine 12-month subscription, The Rowan Tree Hotel 2 nights Bed & Breakfast, Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holidays 1-night stay, Eco Ventures Wildlife Watch boat trip, Highland Campervans long weekend break, Loch Lomond Waterfront 2 night midweek stay and much more ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

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COPYRIGHT: By submitting images to the Scottish Nature Photography Awards, each entrant confirms that:
· they are the photographer of each entry and that it is their original work;
· they own the copyright and any rights of each image;
· they have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by Scottish Nature Photography Awards and will indemnify Scottish Nature Photography Awards against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such usage;
· they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by Scottish Nature Photography Awards;
· they have received any necessary permission from the owner(s) of buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by Scottish Nature Photography Awards and will indemnify Scottish Nature Photography Awards against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such usage.

Entrants retain the copyright to images submitted. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the competition, you grant Scottish Nature Photography Awards free, non-exclusive usage of the images for the following purposes directly connected with the competition, until judging is completed.
· on a secure web browser for judging purposes;
· on the Scottish Nature Photography Awards website;
· for use in press coverage giving information about or promoting the competition, exhibition etc.;

By entering the competition, you grant Scottish Nature Photography Awards a free, non-exclusive, irrevocable international licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the shortlisted and winning images for any purpose directly connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to:
· inclusion in a book featuring images;
· display at any exhibitions;
· on the Scottish Nature Photography Awards website;
· for use in press coverage giving information about or promoting the competition, exhibition etc.;
· for use as part of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards “Winners Archive” to promote the competition/exhibition in perpetuity.
· for use by sponsors and partners in acknowledging/publicising their support of the competition/exhibition. This usage will be limited to 2 years after the winners are announced.

Scottish Nature Photography Awards will make every effort to ensure that name credits are included with images.

Free usage of any photograph outside of the scope of the competition and exhibition will not be permitted by Scottish Nature Photography Awards, or any of its partners or sponsors.

For any use that falls outside the scope of promotion of the competition, exhibition etc. (as detailed above) royalties will be discussed & negotiated with the photographer concerned.

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