10 breathtaking Scottish landscape images

The winning shots from the 2017 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year – John Muir Trust Wild Places Prize

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We are delighted to feature the ten winning entries for the John Muir Trust Wild Places Prize 2017 –  one of the categories in the prestigious Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. The Trust asked our staff and trustees to select their favourites from a final shortlist.

We congratulate all ten winners for the superb images – including Nick Hanson, who also won the overall accolade of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year for his portfolio - that included the image Glamaig Reflection, Sligachan (main image) on the Trust's land on the Isle of Skye.

Bla Bheinn, Isle of Skye

Chris Miles - Bla Bheinn Skye
© Chris Miles
"Low cloud clearing the face of Bla Bheinn (Blaven) creating moody conditions after a passing squall."
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Sunrise over Buachaille Etive Mòr, Highlands

Dougie Cunningham - Buachaille Etive Mor© Dougie Cunningham
"The slopes of Beinn a’ Chrùlaiste are the perfect place to watch the sun rise over the Great Shepherd of Etive, particularly when a perfect inversion has rolled in from the moor overnight."

Clouds clearing Slioch (The Spear), Loch Maree, Wester Ross

Mark Appleton - Loch Maree Wester Ross © Mark Appleton
"One of my favourite Scots Pines on the shore line of Loch Maree. I arrived at this popular location just after a snow shower was clearing Slioch (The Spear)."

Autumn Aurora over Stac Pollaidh, Loch Lurgainn, Assynt

Craig McDearmid - Stac Pollaidh Loch Lurgainn Assynt© Craig McDearmid
"This beautiful display of the Northern lights was captured after a long drive to Assynt followed by an ascent of Stac Pollaidh (centre shot) under the stars on a clear and still autumn night."
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Reflections of Liathach, North side of Liathach, Torridon

Chris Stuart - Liathach North side of Liathach Torridon© Chris Stuart
"As the setting sun catches the cliff tops of Liathach they are reflected in the still waters of a lochan. A long walk, a long wait, eaten alive by midges. Totally worth it."

Am Buachaille, Sandwood Bay, Sutherland

Greg Whitton - Am Buachaille Sandwood Bay Sutherland© Greg Whitton
"The great sea stack, Am Buachaille, stands as a guardian to Sandwood Bay. A bastion against the ferocity of the Atlantic."
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Last Light, From Badcall looking towards Foinaven and Arkle, Sutherland

John Richardson - Badcall Foinaven and Arkle Sutherland© John Richardson
"The sun broke through late in the day and I thought of this location knowing it would work in evening light. By running up the hill I was just in time to make this image."

River Coe Falls, Glencoe, Highlands

Jonathan Cruickshank - River Coe Falls© Jonathan Cruickshank
"Looking eastward up The River Coe and the falls, then onward into the heart of the glen. All this on a day that covered all of the seasons in five minutes."

Evening Skye, Trotternish, Isle of Skye

Lewis Golbourn - Evening Skye Trotternish Isle of Skye© Lewis Golbourn
"I have only ever thought to shoot this area at dawn before, but decided that things might look interesting at sunset instead, turns out I was either right, lucky or both."
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Glamaig Reflection, Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Nick Hanson - Glamaig Reflection Sligachan Isle of Skye© Nick Hanson (overall winner, Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year)
"As the sun started to rise behind Glamaig and the red Cuillin, it created lovely soft colours in the sky above, which were also captured in the perfectly still loch."
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These winning images will be displayed later this year in an exhibition at the Alan Reece Gallery in the Trust's Wild Space visitor centre in Pitlochry.

Find out more about the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition

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