Graham Niven

Welcome to Niven Photography - I am a freelance photographer from Scotland.   

My influences and inspiration as a photographer are diverse and unfettered - I try not to define myself in a specific category or focus which might limit any sense of expression. As such, my photographic style is an organic visual interpretation of my experience of life, not a moulded and perfected format, but a visual storytelling with a hint of the photo-journalistic adventurer.  I am drawn to natural environments and relative wilderness - lines, light, organic forms and patterns of nature; I endeavour to capture a spirit or character in a scene, a human portrait, an animal encounter and the intrigue of random objects and places which have stories to tell.

Through my work in humanitarian/development aid I have been fortunate to visit an array of places, often remote and wild; to meet and connect with some incredible people and their lives, to gaze across some extraordinary landscapes, and to witness some amazing natural wonders. My camera has always been with me; a tool for observation and documenting during fieldwork, but also for capturing a slice of life in such places, one often very different to that which we may know.

Being more consistently based back in Scotland in recent years, my photography has leaned towards reflecting adventures closer to home  -  landscapes and nature inspired. 

I have recently moved from the big city (Edinburgh) to the wee forest village (Nethy Bridge) in the Cairngorms National Park. Though I  know the area well, I am looking forward to exploring a little deeper with the camera, and with more intent on pre-visioned shoots as well as candid adventures.  

I am enjoying developing and evolving this platform when I can  from which to experiment, learn, share and celebrate my photographic expression; as well as receiving all the feedback and support. 


Recent achievements include:

- Runner up in 3 separate categories for the Scottish Nature Photography Awards: Environment Category, Landscape Category and Urban Green space Category. 

- Finalist World Water Day 2020 - Photography Contest: Climate Change 

- Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 -  Runner up in the Scottish Weather Category, Commended in the Landscape Category

- Winner of Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Photography contest (Wild Landscapes of Scotland)

- Winner (and runner up) of Peebles Mountain Film Festival Photography Contest

- Finalist for Trail Magazine's Mountain Photograph of the Year 2019

- Finalist for the British Photography Awards 2019 - Landscape Category

- Special commendation and a further shortlisted image in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019

- Finalist in the 2018 prestigious HIPA 'Hope' photography contest

- Shortlisted for Outdoor Photographer Of The Year 2018

- Finalist for Trail Magazine's Mountain Photograph of the Year 2018

- Finalist Travel Photographer Of The Year 2018 - Beauty of Light

- Shortlisted for British Photography Awards 2018 - Land Animal Category 

- Winner of Abstract Nature category, and Shortlisted for Landscape category of Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2017

- Shortlisted in Patagon Journal: Patagonia in Photos  2018

- Runner up in Wildlife Category for Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2018

- Finalist of Outdoor photographer Of The Year 2017: 'Light on the Land' category (and several category shortlists)

- Two shortlisted images in Scottish Mountain Bike Photography Awards 2017

- British Landscape Photographer of The Year  - Take a View 2017

Runner-up in 'Live the View' category 

Winner - VisitBritain Home of Amazing Moments Award

- Finalist of St. Andrews Photography Festival 2017 contest. 

- Finalist Weather Photographer of The Year 2017 (and calendar publication).

- Shortlisted  for Scottish Nature Photographer of The Year  2016 - Seascape category

- Portfolio Series shortlisted for Travel Photographer Of the Year 2016

Finalist in Outdoor Photographer of the Year  2016 - 'Live the Adventure' category 

(and several category shortlists)

- Winner Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival photography contest 2011


Features and Publications

- HIPA - 2019 Journal - Hope 

British Wildlife Photography Awards book 2019

- Trail Magazine -January  2020 edition

- Outdoor Photography Magazine - January 2019 edition,  Lie of The Land Article

Scottish Nature Photography Awards Book 2018 

- Patagon Journal: Patagonia in Photos - Commemorative Book 2018

- Trail Magazine -January  2019 edition

NPhoto Magazine July 2018

Dwell Magazine - an inspiration and collaborative platform for architects, designers, and enthusiasts to share and discover inspiring design.

- Dezeen Magazine - Architecture, Design and Interiors 

- BBC Website

- Outdoor Photographer of the Year - Book III, exhibited at The Photography Show 2018 (NEC Birmingham, UK)

- Amateur Photographer 

- National Geographic

- Lonely Planet 

'Take a View' - Landscape Photographer of the Year Book: Collection 11

i-ON Magazine January 2017 Edition

Calmac Calendar 2018 - July

- Royal Meteorological Society Calendar 2018 - February 

Scottish Nature Photography Awards book 2017

The Scotsman Newspaper

- The Herald Newspaper 

The Mail Online

- i Newspaper 

- The Metro Newspaper 

- Country Life Magazine 

- Outdoor Photographer of the Year  - Book II



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