An image taken from the Butt of Lewis has won a major photography award for the visitor who took the picture.
The picture, titled Three Rocks, has been announced today (Tuesday 31 March) as the overall winner in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
It was taken by Norfolk photographer Ruth Grindrod on a windy day last summer.
Ruth said: "I am more than delighted to win Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2019. It is a great honour to be selected and I thank all the judges for their time and effort particularly during this most difficult time of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"My particular love in terms of photography has always been the sea and coast, regardless of the weather and the conditions. My journey to Scotland is always a long one as I live in Norfolk, but I never fail to be excited by some of the best landscapes and seascapes in the world. When life returns to normal I will certainly be back shooting in Scotland.
"Three Rocks was taken on an extremely windy day at the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Rather than shoot the lighthouse, I chose the formation of these three rocks from a slightly elevated position to capture their shape and form as well as the
churning seas. The conditions were tough but persistence paid off with this final capture."
Judge Niall Irvine said: "Ruth's image has beautifully captured the drama and power of the sea. The light, composition and depth of detail in the image is remarkable, particularly the movement caught in the water."
Also featured among the competition winners was Maya Reid of the University of the Highlands and Islands, who was placed second in the student class of the awards with a portfolio of beach images taken at the tidal islet of Baleshare in North Uist.