Duncan aims for national award
A talented New Galloway photographer will find out tonight if he has won a top award.
Duncan McNaught has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology’s Photographer of the Year prize.
His photo of a tiny insect inside a toadstool in Dundeugh Forest near Kendoon was one of more than 600 entries to the competition.
Now his photo, called “Welcome to my humble abode”, has made it through to the final 11.
And the winner will be announced during an awards ceremony at The Hatton in London tonight.
Duncan, who lives at Glenlee, said: “Living in rural Dumfries and Galloway I have access to some amazing landscapes, flora and fauna but it’s the smaller, often overlooked, plants and insects that really spark the creative photographer in me.
“Some of the forests in my area are pretty inaccessible due to their wet boggy nature.
“However, its these hidden, sometimes magical, places I find myself more often than not lying flat on the ground photographing mosses, fungi and insects, all waiting to be discovered and mostly unseen by today’s hectic society.
“It certainly presents me with many challenges but hopefully my passion for our hidden world will encourage others to explore.”
This year’s competition had the theme of “The Hidden World” with a top prize of £1,000.