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See the stunning images from the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards 2018

The winner of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards has been announced, with the final selection of images showcasing the rugged, natural beauty in abundance all over the country.

"Dreams and Nightmares" taken at Aonach Eagach, above Glen Coe in Scotland.
“Dreams and Nightmares” taken at Aonach Eagach, above Glen Coe in Scotland. Image by Paul Webster / Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

This year’s competition saw thousands of entries being submitted from photographers all over the world, with Paul Webster from Grimsby going on to receive the top prize for his portfolio comprised of three images shot in the mountain ranges of Lochaber Geopark and Glen Affric. The selection included “Dreams and Nightmares”, a shot of light breaking through to illuminate the rocky ridge of Aonach Eagach while two ravens circle overhead, “The Mamores”, which captures the mist shifting past Sgor nam Fiannaidh above Glen Coe, and ‘Wild Affric’, a tranquil shot of the landscape and the magnificent Caledonian pines that surround Loch Affric.

"Two Trees" taken at Rogart, Sutherland.
“Two Trees” taken at Rogart, Sutherland. Image by Chris Jones / Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

“When I got the telephone call, I was honestly just astonished to be told I’d won. There are so many landscape photographers I really admire that enter this competition, and to have come out on top is just unbelievable – I’m thrilled,” Paul said.

“The Sands of Scarista” taken at the Isle of Harris. Image by Johnathan Conlon

In addition to the overall title, the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition consists of eleven other categories, including the Young Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year title, the Landscape Award, Seascape Award, Urban Award, Four Seasons Awards, and Scottish Weather Award. Now in its fourth year, it was founded by Perthshire-based landscape photographer, Stuart Low, who put it together to promote and inspire photographers of all levels to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes, and to promote Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage to an international audience. Winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions across Scotland and in a special edition book that will be launched on 27 March 2018.

“Quinag in Winter” the runner up in the overall category. Image by Alexander Nail / Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

More information on the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year awards is available at the official website.