Seabird Centre competition

One of the winningn entries from the 2013 event.

One of the winningn entries from the 2013 event.

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The award-winning visitor attraction, and conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, has launched its 2014 photography competition.

The Scottish Seabird Centre Nature Photography Awards are in their ninth year and attract entries from amateur photographers locally, nationally and internationally.

The awards seek to identify the best photographic talent from all age groups as well as encouraging people to interact with the natural world in a sustainable way.

Winning photographers have the opportunity to secure prizes including trips to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve; memberships for the Scottish Seabird Centre and Scottish Wildlife Trust; vouchers for Northshots Photography and day-long wildlife trips courtesy of Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions.

Following the success of last year’s awards, which had the highest number of entries to-date with 525 images submitted, the judges are Scottish Natural Heritage’s award-winning photographer Lorne Gill, professional freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field Editor Richard Bath.

The deadline for entries is Sunday, October 19: following this, the judges will meet to decide on a shortlist in each category. The shortlist will then be on display in the Seabird Centre and online for the public to cast their vote until Sunday, February 22, 2015.

In each category there will be a winner selected by the judges and winner selected by the voting public.

The competition categories are:

Landscape, Scottish Wildlife, Worldwide Wildlife, Creative Visions of Nature, World Flora and Environmental Impact.

There is also a Junior category and youngsters are encouraged to submit their photographs under the theme ‘Urban Jungle’. This category seeks to uncover some of the unique biodiversity close to where they live, study or go on holiday. The Junior category is divided into two age groups: under 12s and 12 to 16.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The images submitted for last year’s competition were stunning and we look forward with great anticipation to this year’s entries. In Scotland’s year of Homecoming it will be interesting to see if any images are inspired by this theme.

“We have amazing and diverse wildlife and environments. A special moment in time captured by a great photograph can highlight why we must conserve and protect the wonderful natural world around us for future generations.”

The closing date for entries is Sunday, October 19 and the shortlist will be announced on Friday, November 21.