Sorry puf­fin pic­ture snaps up award

Na­ture: Bird’s ‘hid­den agenda’ is a win­ner

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH BAR­BOUR

A re­morse­ful At­lantic puf­fin bear­ing a flo­ral gift cap­tured the eyes and hearts of some of the most es­teemed pho­tog­ra­phers in the coun­try to be named one of Scot­land’s na­ture im­age of the year.

Jo­han Sigges­son was awarded the es­teemed ti­tle of Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year at the Scot­tish Na­ture Photography Awards 2014 yes­ter­day for his im­age – “I’m sorry . . .” – taken on a trip to Scot­land’s Fair Isle.

Sigges­son, from Malta, said de­spite hav­ing trav­elled ex­ten­sively, he had only re­cently dis­cov­ered the won­ders of Scot­land’s wildlife.

“This newly de­vel­oped love for Scot­land makes this award even more in­spi­ra­tional,” he said.

“When I came across this puf­fin on Fair Isle, I couldn’t re­sist think­ing that he must have some kind of hid­den agenda.

“He looked so hu­man with the flower in his bill. Ex­actly like he had been out do­ing some­thing he wasn’t proud of and was now on his way home to ask for for­give­ness.

“I am nat­u­rally thrilled, proud, hum­bled and ex­tremely ex­cited to win Scot­tish Na­ture Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year 2014.”

Andy Howard from Lit­tle Dal­cross, In­ver­ness, was crowned the win­ner of the Scot­tish wildlife be­hav­iour cat­e­gory for his pic­ture, “Let Battle Com­mence” – a pair of roe deer get­ting ready to fight.

Mean­while, Chris Stu­art from Charleston, In­ver­ness, cap­tured an in­cred­i­ble im­age of the com­plex moun­tain mas­sif, Beinn Eighe, in the Tor­ri­don area of the High­lands, clinch­ing him the Scot­tish land­scape cat­e­gory.

TOP PHO­TO­GRAPH: Jo­han Sigges­son’s “I’m Sorry” shot of a puf­fin won first prize

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