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Wanted: Scotland's best nature photos - SNH Photo Competition 2013

4th May 2013

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Photograph of Wanted: Scotland's best nature photos - SNH Photo Competition 2013

To celebrate Scotlandís amazing wildlife and countryside during the Year of Natural Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is launching a free photo contest.

As part of Scotlandís Nature Festival, SNH is encouraging Scots to enjoy nature by capturing their favourite natural places and wildlife.

The seventh annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Keen photographers have plenty of time to get snapping, with a deadline of August 1 to get their photos to SNH.

First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with one of Scotlandís leading professional nature photographers, Lorne Gill; second prize is a Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera with 18-55mm VR lens kit, tripod and carry case; and third prize is a Pentax X5 Bridge Camera with tripod and carry case.

This contest is part of Scotlandís Nature Festival, which includes events across Scotland taking place from May 18-26. For more information on whatís going on near you, see

Scotlandís Nature Festival organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said:ďTaking pictures is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our countryside. Iím looking forward to seeing what inspires people about Scotlandís nature this year; we always get plenty of amazing shots. And you donít have to have an expensive camera Ė in previous years, winners have taken photos on their mobile phones!Ē

Entrants should email their pictures of animals, plants or landscapes to biodiversity[AT] by 1st August 2013, as an attachment with ďPhoto ContestĒ in the subject line. Entries must be original, have a title, indicate where in Scotland the photo was taken, and the entrantís name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries. Entrants must be residents of Scotland. SNH will notify winners in September and the winning entries will be posted on the website and highlighted in the Scottish Biodiversity Forumís quarterly newsletter. For more information, see

Winning Entry from 2012 - 1st Peekaboo Dolphins by Catherine Clark
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2nd - Carole Anderson - Tortoiseshell Butterfly
3rd - Fraser Heigh - Looking up - Meigle

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