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Scotland is an area of outstanding natural beauty with vast mountains, beautiful lakes, thick woodlands, and scenic pathways. It's no doubt that Scotland attracts thousands of tourists year on year.

To celebrate it’s beauty, the Scottish Nature Photography Awards, the competition invites photographers from all over the world to share their images of the area.

Here are some of the winners from this year’s awards:

Junior Category

‘Cape Wrath Storm’, Sunderland | © Andrew Bulloch

The competition also accepts entries from amateur, student and junior photographers located around the world. Andrew Bulloch from Edinburgh won Junior Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year for his image of a stormy coastline, taken while on a trip to Sunderland last summer when he was 14.

‘I’d persuaded my mum to take me there so we could stay at Kearvaig Bothy and we had hoped for sunny weather, but the clouds actually made for much more dramatic photos,’ he said. According to judge Andy Hall Cape Wrath Storm stood out ‘as an outstanding example of Scottish landscape photography throughout the judging process.’

Student Category

‘Nature’s Tears’ | © Edgaras Borotinskas

Students were asked to submit three images, all relating to the theme of water. First prize went to Edgaras Borotinskas for Nature’s Tears, which shows an upside down landscape captured in a single water droplet.

‘I am so happy and proud of this award. Last year I entered the Student Category and when I was shortlisted, it motivated me to improve,’ said Borotinskas. ‘Passion, motivation and dedication helped to do that. Taking pictures makes me happy and when other people like my work it doubles that.’

Here are the other winners from each category:

Environmental Category

‘Firestarter’, Heather burning in the Lammermuir Hills | © Alan Johnstone

Natural Abstract Category

‘Frost Feathers’ | © Jeanette Stafford

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Scottish Botanical Category

‘Light Me Up’, woodland near North Berwick | © Alan Johnstone

Scottish Landscape – The Land Category

‘Dreams and Nightmares’, Glencoe | © Paul Webster

Scottish Landscape – Sea and Coast Category

‘Bow Fiddle Rock’, Moray | © Stephen Crossan

Scottish Landscape – Urban Greenspace Category

‘Reflections’, Glasgow| © Kerstin Gruenling

Scottish Wildlife Behaviour Category

‘Mating’, Loch Funzie  | © Andy Howard

Scottish Wildlife Portrait Category

‘Undercover Osprey’, Aviemore | © Gordon Rae

The winning images will tour Scotland from July 2017 onwards, and will be published along with the shortlisted images in a book.

Interested in travel photography? Check out these amazing landscape shots by Jin-Woo Prensena, whose daredevil antics make him one of the world’s most interesting photographers.

Source: Alex Jordan | theculturetrip.com

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