Dun­can aims for na­tional award

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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.

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