Photo competition

Puffin with fish

Photogenic Puffins

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Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is organising the competition to help celebrate 60 years of the Isle of May as a national nature reserve. The judges will include SNH’s photographer, Lorne Gill, and will be looking for good quality photos which capture the special atmosphere and wildlife of the island.

Lorne said, “I’m delighted to be involved with the Isle of May reserve’s 60th anniversary nature photography competition. With so many nature photographers visiting the island over the summer, there’s bound to be some amazing entries. I’ll be looking for original but simple, uncluttered images that portray the day-to-day drama of the nature on the Isle of May.”

The competition is open to age categories 8 to 11, 12 to 15, and 16 and over, and will run from 1st April-2nd October 2016.

There will be prize winners in each category, as well as an overall winner chosen from the category winners. The overall winner’s prize is a two-day stay on the island next summer (2017). This includes an overnight stay and some dedicated time for photography tips with Lorne Gill, and to learn about the island with the reserve’s manager, David Steel. If the overall winner is under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult during their visit to the island. Two other prize winners will each receive a VIP day trip to the island.

All the winning photos will be displayed at an exhibition at SNH’s Battleby Conference Centre in the autumn and will be used in promotional items for the national nature reserve, such as postcards and posters. The competition is open to amateur photographers only. Photos must have been taken on the Isle of May and be submitted in jpeg format.

For a copy of the rules, please send an email to or download a copy from the Isle of May pages on the NNR website at

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