Ron McCombe, a professional photographer from Coldstream in Berwickshire, has won the Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2010 competition.
Ron said: "I’m delighted to hear the news of my win. I took the picture in Musselburgh, having heard on the grapevine that waxwings were in the area. I was waiting for a bright frosty day and when the forecast was right I set off very early in the morning. I drove around Musselburgh looking and listening and eventually found them in a sorbus tree. I stayed until I got the images I wanted, which was most of the day until the sun started to set and the temperature dropped."
The competition, which was launched to showcase the photographic talent that is drawn to Scotland’s landscape and natural heritage, attracted over a thousand entries from around the world. Judging the images, all of which had to be taken in Scotland, were Neil McIntyre - wildlife and landscape photographer, Lorne Gill - photographer with Scottish Natural Heritage and Niall Irvine - photography and digital imaging practitioner and one of the competition organisers.
Competition judge Niall McIntyre said: "With its amazing diversity of landscape and wildlife, Scotland is a key destination for nature photographers. This competition has really highlighted the excellence of the photography that is undertaken here. Against such a strong field, Ron’s winning image encapsulated the exceptional quality, creativity and dedication that we were looking for."
Winners of the other 3 categories were:
- Scottish Landscape – Brian D Clark with "Autumn Gold"
- Natural Abstract – Phil McMenemy with "Swirl"
- Environmental – Ray Liversidge with "Aberdeen Breakwater Storm"
The top three winners of each category will have their work featured in a touring exhibition around Scotland which begins in May 2011. Their work will also be featured in a portfolio yearbook.
For more information visit: Scottish Nature Awards