1st Place

Dave Brightwell

Elemental - 1191 Votes

Winning - £1000 in cash, plus Kase filter holder.

“All of the elements came together so I could capture this scene; rough sea, rainstorm and sunlight. As the storm passed, the sun came out again and lit up the Cuillin. As I made shot after shot, the next storm blew through which gave a fantastic rainbow over Sgurr na Stri.”

What the judges say
Dave has captured the magic and the drama of a passing storm over the Cuillin Hills. The positioning of the rainbow emanating from the summit of Sgur na Stri is perfect, and the movement in the water along with the falling rain really sums up what the weather can be like on Skye.

2nd Place

Sean Speed

Magic Moment - 913 Votes

Winning - £200 in cash.

“As some will know, it’s not easy getting to this location in time for sunrise, so on this occasion I decided to camp up at the Storr. When I woke in the morning it was looking very promising for a good sunrise and being on location early gave me plenty time to find my composition. It really was a magic moment being high on the hill, watching the sun rise and light up the stunning view in front of me. Well worth a windy night in the tent.”

What the judges say
One of Skye’s classic views, but very well executed. Rather than being tempted by the more popular (but far less impressive) viewpoint, Sean has put the effort in to finding a suitable foreground to compliment the iconic background. The light is beautiful, especially on the Old Man and the Sanctuary which are just on the edge of a shadow which adds the drama into the scene.

3rd Place

Diogo Rodrigues

Between Skye - 898 Votes

Winning - £100 in cash.

“I found this astonishing view from the skies, and couldn't describe the feeling of the unexpected giant mirror reflecting in front of my eyes. I felt like I was dreaming as I stood faced with this painted masterpiece. I almost forgot to breathe. I was compelled to capture this panoramic view to remember this one moment in my life.”

What the judges say
This is the first drone photo which has ever made it into the final ten of the Skye Photo Challenge. The stillness of the water on Loch Fada reflecting Storr and the clouds really makes this photo work. Although this is an iconic view of Skye, this more elevated perspective isolates the tiny island in the middle and gives us a peak of Loch Leathan behind.


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

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Competition opens again in April 2019.


The top 10 entries from 2019