Deadline photographer Wullie Marr scoops top prize at Scottish Press Photography Awards

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DEADLINE News photographer Wullie Marr was crowned photographer of the year at the Scottish Press Photography Awards this weekend.

Wullie was awarded the gong ahead of The Daily Record photographers Garry McHarg (2015 winner) and Alasdair MacLeod after scooping 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the politics category at the awards, as well as 1st and 2nd in the arts and entertainment section.

Wullie said: “I’m really pleased to have won, and have my work recognised by the judges, who are all picture editors on national newspapers.

“There was a strong set of pictures submitted across all categories but I’m especially pleased to have placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in politics, in what was a busy time for all the country’s photographers.”

Peter Laing, Managing Editor at Deadline News said:”We’re delighted for Wullie that his incredible hard work, determination and skill as a photographer have been recognised by his peers in the business.

“Wullie has a rare talent for capturing the essence of a story in a single frame. That combined with his technical nous and untiring can-do attitude make him one of the best in the business.”

From right to left: Alistair MacLeod, Greg Mcvean, Wullie Marr, Gary McHarg
From left to right: Alistair MacLeod, Greg MacVean, Wullie Marr, Gary McHarg

The winners in the other categories were as follows:

Portrait: Tom Ross

Sports Action: Greg MacVean

Sports Feature: Gary McHarg

Reportage: Craig Brown

Daily Life: Neil Bain

Nature: Gary McHarg

News: Alasdair MacLeod

All of Wullie’s award-winning photographs can be found below:

First, Politics: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson made a to visit the Stirling Bull Sales on Monday. She toured the event and presented prizes. 15th February, 2016
First, Politics: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson made a visit to the Stirling Bull Sales on Monday. She toured the event and presented prizes. 15th February, 2016
Second, Politics. New Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn visited Edinburgh for the first time since being elected. He met with Kezia Dugdale during his visit. 1st October, 2015
Second, Politics. New Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn visited Edinburgh for the first time since being elected. He met with Kezia Dugdale during his visit. 1st October, 2015
Third, Politics. Kezia Dugdale on the campaign trail in Fife. She was campaigning in the High Street, then meeting local families in a cafe. 2nd May, 2016
Third, Politics. Kezia Dugdale on the campaign trail in Fife. She was campaigning in the High Street, then meeting local families in a cafe. 2nd May, 2016
First, Arts and Entertainment. DAY THREE TITP. TiTP festival's second year at new home, Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, comes to an end. 8th, July, 2016
First, Arts and Entertainment. DAY THREE TITP. TiTP festival’s second year at new home, Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, comes to an end. 8th, July, 2016
Second, Arts and Entertainment. Trainspotting 2 continues filming in Princes Street, Edinburgh, recreating the opening scene from the original movie, with Ewan McGregor, and Ewan Bremner running from a shop after stealing a bag. 13th, July, 2016
Second, Arts and Entertainment. Trainspotting 2 continues filming in Princes Street, Edinburgh, recreating the opening scene from the original movie, with Ewan McGregor, and Ewan Bremner running from a shop after stealing a bag. 13th, July, 2016

Below, is a selection of Wullie’s favourite photos, which didn’t win awards:

Politics: Scottish Lib Dem leader, patiently waiting to go on stage at the Lib Dem Spring conference in Edinburgh
Politics: Scottish Lib Dem leader, patiently waiting to go on stage at the Lib Dem Spring conference in Edinburgh
Portrait: a new mum feeding her daughter in a cafe in Edinburgh, which is designed to encourage feeding mums
Portrait: a new mum feeding her daughter in a cafe in Edinburgh, which is designed to encourage feeding mums
Arts and Entertainment:: a model, wearing an outfit designed by a final year student at a university graduate fashion show
Arts and Entertainment:: a model, wearing an outfit designed by a final year student at a university graduate fashion show
News: a young French girl reading cards on the flowers outside the French Consulate General's office in Edinburgh, the morning after the Bataclan (sp) shootings
News: a young French girl reading cards on the flowers outside the French Consulate General’s office in Edinburgh, the morning after the Bataclan shootings
Nature: Inchkieth, an island in the Firth of Forth, rising through the early morning mist, viewed from Cramond beach.
Nature: Inchkeith, an island in the Firth of Forth, rising through the early morning mist, viewed from Cramond beach.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield announcing that their membership had voted against female members, despite more than 50% voting for, they didn't reach the required 65% to pass the motion
News: The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield announcing that their membership had voted against female members, despite more than 50% voting for, they didn’t reach the required 65% to pass the motion
News: A couple who dress their miniature Shetland pony as a unicorn
News: A couple who dress their miniature Shetland pony as a unicorn

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