Winners of national landscape photography competition announced


The winner of the first ever Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition has be unveiled.


Craig Aitchison from Kirkintilloch won the competition which was endorsed by VisitScotland with his incredible shots of Buachaille Etive Mor snow scene, Loch Etive and a rainbow over Loch Tulla.


With a prize fund of £10,000 and supported by Academy Class and Formatt-Hitech, the competition was timed to coincide with the spectacular colours of the Scottish autumn. The competition opened for entries on Tuesday 15th October and closed on Tuesday 18th November 2014.


Craig's Loch Etive photo
Craig’s Loch Etive photo


Craig said: “I am surprised and delighted to hear that I have been awarded the prestigious title of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year.


Buachaille Etive Mor - Craig Aitchison
Graig’s Buachaille Etive Mor snow scene


“From the beginning my number one photographic inspiration has always been Scotland’s unique landscape.


Craig's rainbow over Loch Tulla photo
Craig’s rainbow over Loch Tulla photo


“To a photographer it has the perfect ingredients that can, at times, produce real moments of magic and it is these singular moments that I strive to capture on film to the very best of my ability. Winning this award is a dream come true.”


hreave Castle - Brian Kerr
hreave Castle – Brian Kerr


In the individual categories, Brian Kerr, from Carlisle, won the Best Landscape award for his stunning shot of Threave Castle in Dumfries & Galloway, while Willem Vlotman from Aberdeen won the Best Seascape category for his dramatic image of the lighthouse at Aberdeen Harbour.


Lighthouse at Aberdeen Harbour - Willem Vlotman
Lighthouse at Aberdeen Harbour – Willem Vlotman

Donald Cameron, from Perth, captured a striking shot of the Falkirk Wheel which collected the Best Urban award.