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Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2019

Three images recognised in this years Scottish Nature Photography Awards (2019): pleased to 2nd Place in three separate categories...consistent! Congratulations to all other entries awarded - check them out here       

Meadows Shadows

Autumn into Winter

Volcano Awakens

National newspaper carrying my image...

Finalist - World Water Day 2020 Photo Contest: Climate Change

Across the Waters

Great to be involved as a finalist in the World Water Day 2020 Photo Contest

The image is of the Indus River delta flooding Sindh province, Pakistan 2012  where I was  working on the response with Action Against Hunger.March 22nd is World Water Day - an annual United Nations observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year the theme is climate change - which will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water needed for basic human needs, thus undermining enjoyment of the basic rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for billions of people. The need for clean water will be felt even more strongly as hand washing becomes even more critical. At a time when we are forced to realise a lot of what we take for granted - think about the clean water you enjoy

Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 - Runner up and Commended

Really pleased to have the below images recognised in the renowned Scottish Landscapes Photographer of the Year 2019. 'Auld Reekie Beastie' as a runner up in the Weather Category (taken in my old back yard), and 'First Snow' commended in Landscapes Category. Congratulations to all involved - some awesome images of our wee country! 

Auld Reekie Beastie - Runner up in Weather Category

First Snow - Commended in Landscape Category

Winner - Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Photography Contest 2020 - Wild Landscapes of Scotland


Delighted to win this one amongst some fantastic images entered from all over Scotland. 

It is a popular viewpoint from Ben a Chrulaiste opposite Buachaille Etive Dearg. After a cold but beautiful night watching some night climbers torchlit ascent - I awoke early to a fantastic scene of an inversion encircling to Buachaille and vibrant deep blues as the sky awakens. It's such aN epic mountain - its form and grandeur, popular to photograph for good reason! 

Thanks to the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival who will be making a donation to Mountain Rescue services on my behalf as the prize.

Buachaille Dawn

Inversion Dawn - Glencoe, Scotland

Winner and 2nd place at the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival 2020

Delighted to scoop both 1st and 2nd place at the Peebles Outdoor Film Festival 2020 -  themed Wildness. The winning image is from a trip last year, a friend and I trudged in to Shenevall in horrendous conditions and managed little more than to enjoy the bothy delights before heading back out again the next day as the exfoliating rain turned to blizzard. This was the last image taken before it really closed in and the bothy sanctuary vanished. What is hard to express through this image is the wind... oh that wind. We were mighty glad to have stone walls around us that night.

What the judges said: 

And in first place, it’s that man again … congratulations to Graham Niven for this wonderfully wild shot of Shenavall Bothy dwarfed by the towering landscape behind. A slightly unusual portrait image of a rugged landscape, the judges again loved the sense of scale, with the eye moving to the bothy, then up, up and up. For the judges, the patch of ‘civilised’ green around the bothy really stood out in an image that speaks of people and place, and the interaction between.

The second image is of a lone walker peaking out on a ridge at Bidean nam Bian in Glencoe, exposed and framed by some dramatic back lighting.

Much thanks to Peebles Outdoor Film Festival for the opportunity!

Shenevall Squall - Grand Prize

Shenevall Bothy - Sanctuary from the Storm

Ridge Walker - 2nd place

Bidean nam Bian Explorer - Glencoe, Scotland

Finalist in the British Photography Awards 2019 - Landscapes Category


A prestigious international contest (with a very fancy awards ceremony at the Savoy hotel in London), really pleased to be shortlisted for the second year running amongst some stunning images, hopefully 3rd time's a charm!! The image , "Borerary Might" was shot in the awe inspiring St. Kilda archipelago in the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Boreray Might - St. Kilda, Scotland

Finalist in TRAIL Magazine - Mountain Photo of the Year 2019

Finalist in the coveted TRAIL Magazine Mountain photo of the Year 2019 for the 2nd year in a row. Some great images of the UK's mountains -  didn't make it to top 3 again, 3rd time lucky hope! Image is from a snowy morning on Rannoch Moor -  looking towards the Buachailles, Dearg and Mhor. 

Buachaille Winter - Glencoe, Scotland
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