NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Richard Shucksmith shot of jellyfish lands wildlife win

Jellyfish [Pic: Richard Shucksmith/British Wildlife Photography Awards]
Image caption Richard Shucksmith's jellyfish image won the top prize

A Shetland photographer's picture of a jellyfish has won a major prize.

Richard Shucksmith's "Jellyfish in the Blue Sea of Sula Sgier" won the top honour at the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

It was taken at Sula Sgeir, a small island north of Lewis, and secured the £5,000 first prize.

Judge Greg Armfield, photography and film manager from the WWF, said it was a "truly beautiful shot" taken in UK waters.

He said it perfectly captured "iridescent colours and magical qualities".

Fellow judge Paul Wilkinson said: "We are delighted to see how many people from around the UK were inspired by the competition to explore nature in their local area.

"This year's entries reflected a real passion, and affection, for local wildlife. This competition is a special opportunity to give the natural world that surrounds us the recognition, and reverence, it deserves."

The wildlife photography awards are now in their third year.

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