Overall winning photograph: John Macgregor - Seasons - Frosty Morning at Duffus
A striking image of Duffus Castle has been selected as the winner of the Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography competition.
The image, which was taken on a frosty winter morning at Duffus, was taken by John Macgregor from Lossiemouth and was one of three images by John to be shortlisted in the final of the competition.
John wins a five-day commission to capture the 2014 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival on film, along with a cash prize, trophy, bottle of Benromach malt whisky and tickets for the prestigious opening night dinner.
John's shot – Seaside Sculpture – took the honours in the abstract category, while his photograph called Happy and Grumpy was runner-up in the people section. The runner-up in abstract was Gabriel Varga from Slovakia with her image, Out of Service – a photograph of an old red telephone box.
In the category for seasons, Alistair Petrie from Carnoustie scooped first place with his Winter Pines image. The runner-up in this category was Helen Crowley from Elgin with Tattie Field. In the people category, the winning image of Tomnarieve – a farm worker overlooking a flock of sheep - was taken by Myrddin Irwin of Tomintoul.
All of the finalists’ photographs are currently on display on the Spirit of Speyside Whisky
website where visitors to the site can vote for their favourite shot. The image with the most votes will win the title of 'People's Choice' which will be announced later in the year.