10 breathtaking Scottish landscape images for 2018
The winning shots from the 2018 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year – John Muir Trust Living Landscape Prize
We are delighted to feature the ten winning entries for the John Muir Trust Living Landscape Prize 2018 – 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 Paul Webster of Walkhighlands (see main image above) who also won the overall accolade of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year for his portfolio.
Jewel of the isle: the Quirang on Skye
© Andrew Strikis
"A dramatic marriage of geology, light and time. So utterly strange. So gloriously unique. The Quiraing left an indelible mark on us both."
Cuillin view: Elgol, Skye
© Grant Willoughby
"I was looking for something a bit different from the wider view and noticed weed laying on the rock as the tide receded. The boulders made an excellent frame for the Cuillin in the background."
Admiring Trotterish: Quirang, Isle of Skye
© James Grant
"A shot of my girlfriend looking over the classic view of Cleat from the Quiraing. I asked her to stand as close to the cliff edge as possible to really add a sense of scale."
Lost to beauty: Locan na h'Achlaise, Rannoch Moor
© Jay Birmingham
"After a day of rain, the clouds parted allowing us a moment of reflection, whilst taking in the rugged natural beauty of Lochan na h’Achlaise and the Black Mount Mountains beyond."
Ben Hope from the Moine, Sutherland
© Roy Slaughter
"Ben Hope, the most northerly of the Munros, isn't particularly photogenic. I like this composition because it emphasises the prominence of the mountain and the emptiness of the boggy morass that is the Moine."
Flow of Orchy: River Orchy
© Chris Davis
"Some atmospheric mist and mood down the River Orchy."
The far shore: west shore of Loch Ard, looking north-east toward Kinlochard
© Ewan Adamson
"Taken in the morning in early December 2016. I liked the warm sunlight on these distant trees, so zoomed in and chose a wide aperture to separate them from the misty background."
Wild Affric: Glen Affric
© Paul Webster
"The native Caledonian pinewoods have helped Affric secure its reputation as Scotland's most beautiful glen. Here the An Tudar ridge rises above the still waters of Loch Affric on a cold day at the start of winter."
Hebridean miracle: Luskentyre, Harris
© Luca Benini
"My personal view of this amazing beach. I shot during sunset over the dunes. I like the contrast created by the drama of the rain and the peace of the rainbow."
Misty trees: Torridon
“This was shot in February on a very rainy day on the shores of Loch Maree. I particularly liked the way the mist was intermingling with the trees. Caledonian pines are my favourite trees, i just wish there could be more in Scottish forests.”
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.