Every picture tells a story and there was an amazing response to our search to find the best photographs of Scotland. Under the categories of NATURE – Plants and Animals, Landscape, and Water; HISTORY – Castles, Historic Houses and Monuments; and CONTEMPORARY – City Life and Country Life, Scotland Magazine readers have truly excelled themselves, making the choice of a winning selection a very hard task for our judges.
In terms of Composition, Impact and Originality, and after much animated debate, here is the final selection of photographs chosen by our expert judges. A hearty vote of thanks to all of you who sent in your entries.
Animals and plant life, Landscape, Water, Other
Castles, Historic Houses, Monuments, Other
City Life, Country Life, Other
- Call for entries: 12th February 2016
- Entry deadline: 28th August 2016
- Results announced: 7th October 2016
- Focus. The image should be sharp, unless blur is an intentional effect.
- Light. The use of light is key to good photograph and must be appropriate to the mood of the image. Shadows can be used to great effect, but can also make an image ill defined and flat. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; try experimenting with varied weather conditions and capturing a scene at different times of day.
- Composition. Consideration of an image’s composition is vital both when taking the photograph and also in post-production. Be sure to stand back from the image and view it as a whole. Is there a hedgerow appearing from somewhere it shouldn’t? Is the image on a slant? Should you move the left or take a step the right? Or hold the camera nearer the ground? Would the image benefit from cropping? There are many factors contributing the overall composition of an image.
- Impact. This is very subjective. However, a great photograph will impart a particular emotion, often the emotion the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken. A great photographer will utilise the points above and more to create the desired impact.
- Originality. The angle of the photograph or indeed the subject – whatever the end result the judges will be impressed by originality of thought and execution.
- Photographs must be taken in digital format, must be high resolution (300 dpi) and should be sufficiently large to allow for the image to be reproduced in print at A4 size or above. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.
- Each photograph must include the following information;
- Name of location
- Time of day
- Make and model of camera used
- Category being entered