Glenrothes photographer in running for top prize

'King Of The Road' by Glenrothes photographer Barry Forbes
'King Of The Road' by Glenrothes photographer Barry Forbes

A Glenrothes photographer has answered the call of the wild by reaching the finals of a national competition.

Barry Forbes has no fewer than five photographs up for the top prize in the Scottish Seabird Centre’s 10th Nature Photography Awards 2015.

The centre in North Berwick had received over 500 entries, which it has now narrowed down to 100 stunning photographs and eight short films focusing on wildlife, plant life, the environment and landscapes.

The finalists’ work across 11 different categories is on display in the Centre, and all five of Barry’s photographs can be seen.

He has had one image shortlisted in Environmental Impact, called ‘Fatal Encounter’, two in Scottish Wildlife entitled ‘King of the Road’ and ‘The Famous Grouse’, and two in Creative Visions of Nature called ‘First Light’ and ‘The Kingfisher’.

In each category there will be a winner selected by the judges and a winner selected by the voting public and the winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Centre on Thursday, February 25.

The judges, Lorne Gill, award-winning official photographer from Scottish Natural Heritage, outstanding freelance photographer Graham Riddell and Scottish Field Editor Richard Bath, were hugely impressed by the standard of entries and the creative approach shown by the photographers.

Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field and judge for the awards, said: “With over 500 entries this year’s judging process was certainly challenging.

“The standard of photography and creativity was quite outstanding, and it was tough selecting just 10 in each category.

“A huge well done to Barry and I look forward to seeing if the voting public select the same winners as the judging panel.”

Visitors to the Seabird Centre can vote and it is also possible to make your choice online at www.seabird.org

The closing date for all votes is on Sunday, February 21.

Barry captions his pictures and tells how his shortlisted ‘King of the Road’ entry was an encounter with a particularly aggressive grouse!

“I have recently spent some time photographing red grouse in a Perthshire glen,” he said.

“During that time I came across this male that didn’t take kindly to passing cars and would make his presence felt by flying onto the road to confront any travellers!

“I saw this as an opportunity to try and capture a grouse photo with a difference.

“The view down the glen was fantastic so I decided to try for a wide angle shot.

“I lay on the road to get level with the bird and frame the view.

“When the breeding season started he settled down with his family and it was once again safe to travel through the glen!”

You can view thousands of Barry’s pictures online by following him on his Flickr page ‘forbesimages’.