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Scottish landscape photography award winners

Image by Paul Webster Image copyright Paul Webster
Image caption One of Paul Webster's portfolio of images that won him the competition's overall prize

Grimsby-born photographer Paul Webster has been announced as this year's winner of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.

Webster, who is based in Cromdale, won the prize with a portfolio of three images shot in the mountain ranges of the Lochaber Geopark and Glen Affric.

They included a photograph called Dreams and Nightmares, an image of light breaking through to light up Aonach Eagach whilst two ravens circled overhead.

Mr Webster said: "When I got the telephone call, I was honestly just astonished to be told I'd won.

Image by Paul Webster Image copyright Paul Webster
Image caption Mr Webster's image Dreams and Nightmares
Image by Paul Webster Image copyright Paul Webster
Image caption Mr Webster shot his winning images in Glen Affric and in Lochaber's mountains

"There are so many landscape photographers I really admire that enter this competition, and to have come out on top is just unbelievable - I'm thrilled."

The 43-year-old moved to Scotland 11 years ago with his wife Helen and they set up the Walkhighlands website.

As well as the website and his photography, Mr Webster has written 14 guidebooks on walking.

Image by Alex Nail Image copyright Alex Nail
Image caption Alex Nail scooped the runner-up overall prize

The runner-up for the overall price was Alex Nail.

The Bath-based 30-year-old professional photographer from Devon travels regularly to Scotland to take his images.

He won his award with a portfolio of three images.

Image by Nigel Morton Image copyright Nigel Morton
Image caption Nigel Morton won the new weather award
Image by Grant Ritchie Image copyright Grant Ritchie
Image caption Grant Ritchie was runner-up in the weather category
Image by Martin Steele Image copyright Martin Steele
Image caption Martin Steele was highly commended in the weather category
Image by Johnathan Conlon Image copyright Johnathan Conlon
Image caption Johnathan Conlon was overall winner of the seascape category

One of the new awards introduced for this year's competition was the Scottish Weather award, judged by BBC Scotland Weather presenter and news anchor, Anne Lundon.

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The weather also had an impact on the contest.

The announcement of the winners was postponed after the preparations for it were hampered by last week's heavy snow and high winds, which led to the Met Office issuing a red weather warning for large parts of central and southern Scotland.

The volunteer-run competition organised by Perthshire-based landscape photographer Stuart Low is now in its fourth year.

The full list of winners in all categories, which include urban and monochrome, are available on the awards website.

Image by Richard Clarkson Image copyright Richard Clarkson
Image caption Richard Clarkson won the summer landscape category
Image by David Mould Image copyright David Mould
Image caption David Mould won the monochrome prize
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Image by Jeanie Lazenby Image copyright Jeanie Lazenby
Image caption Jeanie Lazenby was overall winner in the landscape category

Winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions across Scotland and in a special edition book that will be launched on 27 March.

Mr Low said: "The competition is now firmly established, not only in the UK but right across the globe.

"It's evolved and diversified too. This year, we've seen more photographers shooting on traditional film and some have even submitted entries using historical photographic processes, like Cyanotypes which date back to the 1790s, so it's been very interesting to judge."

An image by Craig Mcdearmid Image copyright Craig Mcdearmid
Image caption Craig Mcdearmid was highly commended in the landscape category

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