Two images of Northton in Harris are winners in the 2018 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, it was announced yesterday (Thursday March 7th).

Both are taken from almost the same spot, but they capture the unusual landscape in very different moods.

Seán Kerr of Dunblane won the landscape category with his image ‘White Islands’. He said: “It's an extremely rare occurrence for snow to lie on the islands of Northton Salt Marsh on the Isle of Harris. To time it at sunrise and low tide was a coming together of rare factors to create a very special scene. Only 20 minutes later, the ice and snow had started to disappear and the islands were submerged a few hours later. 'The Beast From the East', a cold weather storm from Siberia was to be thanked for this!

“I loved the combination of the ice and flowing water, the blue tones created by the combination of the stormy skies and dawn light contrasting with the brilliance of the snow. If you look closely, there is also a snowfall over the summit of Ceapabhal, the hill in the backdrop.”

Vikki Macleod of Edinburgh viewed the same landscape in a very different mood when she took her winning shot in the monochrome category.

The competition, now in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Perthshire-based landscape photographer, Stuart Low who aims to inspire photographers and to promote Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage. Winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions across Scotland and in a special edition book that will be launched in April 2019.

Stuart said: “The standard of photography just gets better and better each year. Once again, talented photographers of all levels have taken to the outdoors and captured Scotland’s stunning views. I’m sure they’ll bring joy not only to those who won awards but they’ll also inspire people from across the world to visit and marvel at our beautiful country.”

A second view of Harris by Seán Kerr was also shortlisted. 'Perfect Resting Place' shows a snowy Luskentyre road to Tràigh Rosamol and the graveyard, with its headstones standing out against the snowy ground.

The youth category was won by Andrew Bulloch of Edinburgh with his image of Eriskay football pitch in the Outer Hebrides. Andrew said: “I spotted this little football pitch on Eriskay whilst on a family holiday so I photographed the view and then went down to play football on it. I later found out it was featured by FIFA as one of the eight most unique places in the world to play football.”