2017 Results

1st Place

Nicholas Bancroft

Skyefalls - 677 Votes

Winning - £1000 in cash, dinner for two at The Three chimneys, and a bottle of Misty Isle gin.

“I had been dreaming of taking a photography focused trip to the Isle of Skye for some time and The Fairy Pools were one of my top spots. There is just something so magical about the falls in the foreground and the mountains looming in the back. It took two trips to Skye to perfect this shot. The thick cloud cover on this day helped to diffuse the light and also made for a really moody scene as the clouds enshrouded the mountains. I'm really happy with the result.”

What the judges say
As usual, the Fairy Pools was one of the more popular locations entered this year, but Nicholas’s image stood out from the crowd with it’s clarity and sharpness which make you feel as though you are there. The dramatic sky is epic and contrasts well with the smooth and gentle flowing water. This shot perfectly sums up the Fairly Pools.

2nd Place

Paul Milne

Amid the mist - 534 Votes

Winning - £100 in cash and a bottle of Misty Isle gin.

“I arrived for my planned sunrise shoot an hour before this photograph was taken. Already disappointed with the light, the sun didn’t want to play, I decided to wait a little longer... just in case! In the distance I noticed the peak of Beinn Edra appearing through the rolling mist. A quick lens change and I got my shot! It wasn’t the one I planned for but I captured something much more atmospheric and mysterious… completely unexpected!”

What the judges say
Paul’s image of the Trotternish Ridge smothered in both cloud and glorious light is worthy of a finalist place in any competition. The use of a long focal length to really fill the frame with drama has been very effective. The cloud resembles geothermal steam which works perfectly well with this ancient volcanic landscape.

3rd Place

Katherine Fotheringham

A Break of Light - 456 Votes

Winning - £50 in cash, a bottle of Misty Isle Gin, and a box of handmade Isle of Skye Chocolates.

“This photo was taken last February when I spent a weekend on Skye during some very dreich weather. I decided to make the most of my last day and made my way to the Quiraing in the wind and rain in the hope of capturing something of sunrise. Skye didn't disappoint. The light managed to break through the clouds for a few minutes and threw some magical light on to the Trotternish Ridge.”

What the judges say
Katherine’s image of the Quiraing in dramatic light really stood out among the many entries of the same scene which were entered this year. We like the way she has resisted over processing the image and has kept it looking authentic with subtle colours and tones which give it a painterly feel.


All other finalists also receive £50 in cash (places 4 -10).

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Competition opens again in April 2018.


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