#WildScotlandPhoto winning entries celebrating the the flora, fauna and diverse environments in urban and countryside settings in Scotland in 2016.

Inspired by #WPY51 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Wild Scotland Photo Challenge was a chance for all those age 13+, to get out and about and explore and celebrate the flora, fauna and diverse environments in urban and countryside settings in Scotland.

Any digital image capturing device could be used including mobile phones and digital cameras and to entrants shared their 2016 photos taken in Scotland on Twitter or Instagram using #WildScotlandPhoto and a one of the categories, #CoastMarine, #OnYourDoorstep, #FavouritePlace or #UrbanWildlife.  We've had over 200 stunning entries and we're pleased to announce the winners as follows.

First place overall winner

 Categories


#FavouritePlace

Where is your nearest outdoor, natural or wild space? Is there a place you like to visit?  A pond, park, garden, woodland or nature reserve.  Photos must depict favourite locations in Scotland.

Category winner

#nature #frog #scotland #beecraigscountrypark I was looking for wilde mushrooms and I found this little guy. #kissthefrog #wildscotlandphoto #favouriteplace

A photo posted by Sylwia Rykowska (@s.r.inspirations) on

Highly commended

#northberwicklaw #dovecote #wheatfield #countryside #northberwick #scotland #WildScotlandPhoto #FavouritePlace

A photo posted by Ciaran Kiely (@ckkiely) on

Highly commended


#UrbanWildlife

Have you seen any interesting animals, plants or other living things in your area?  Photos may depict wildlife in unlikely locations or demonstrate how wildlife has adapted to urban environments.  You might want to look at very small living things as well as those that re bigger.  Remember, wildlife can be found everywhere if you look in the right places. Photos must depict Scotland’s urban environments.

Category winner

Take flight #photographyislifee #photography #naturalbeauty #naturephotography #detail #blackandwhite #beautiful #nature #birdphotography #beautiful #WildScotlandPhoto #UrbanWildlife

A photo posted by Nils Coe (@nilscoephotography) on

Highly commended

Highly commended


#CoastMarine

Scotland’s coastline is vast, including the 780+ islands, and it rightly deserves its own category. Is there a beach, cliff top, island, seascape or marine wildlife you like?  Photos must depict coast and marine environments in Scotland.

Category Winner

Highly commended

You can't go to the Isle of May and not take photos of the puffins! #isleofmayboattrips #IsleofMay #puffin #instabirds #birdsofinstagram #FirthofForth #scottishseabirdcentre #NorthBerwick #seafari #clownofthesea #puffininflight #sandeels #instascotland #wildscotlandphoto #coastmarine

A photo posted by Marilyn Young (@wpc1927) on

Highly commended


#OnYourDoorstep

What is in your neighbourhood?  Have you seen any interesting plants or living things there in the countryside or in your back garden?  Photos must depict neighbourhoods in Scotland near to where you live.

Category winner

Red damselflies on our garden pond. #WildScotlandPhoto#OnYourDoorstep

A photo posted by Heather Fiona Reid (@heatherfionareid) on

Highly commended

#seagull #seabird #nature #birdsofinstagram #bird #rain #rainbow #weather #sky #rooftop #roof #sunintherain #coloursoftherainbow #wildscotlandphoto #onyourdoorstep

A photo posted by Marilyn Young (@wpc1927) on

Highly commended


#WildScotlandPhoto entries

We've had over 200 stunning entries, view them here:

 

Header image: Colonising the rocks, Isle of Skye, #WildScotlandPhoto #CoastMarine © Magnus Hagdorn