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31 July, 2020

Scotland’s nature agency wants to snap up your coasts and waters photos

Scotland’s nature agency wants to snap up your coasts and waters photos: Photographer capturing a seascape near Mangersta, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles Area.©Lorne Gill/SNH

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is calling on people to share their favourite photos of Scotland’s rivers, coasts, seas, lochs and canals to feature in a celebratory calendar marking Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (YCW).

While plans for the themed year, celebrating Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters, have been affected by the coronavirus restrictions, many people have still been going outdoors and enjoying nature close to home. SNH is producing a special themed calendar to showcase Scotland’s nature and continue the YCW celebrations into 2021.

Cathy Tilbrook, SNH’s Head of Sustainable Coasts & Seas explained that some positive aspects have emerged from what has been a very challenging period for many. “During lockdown restrictions, some of us were still able to enjoy local beaches, lochs and waterways on our doorstep, and many people reported finding solace in the natural world.”

Cathy added: “Perhaps you discovered a riverside walk right on your doorstep or you really missed a favourite beach or loch further afield, and have enjoyed poring over old photos of past visits. We want to celebrate Scotland’s coastlines and waterways, their landscapes and wildlife, with your special images - and this calendar will do just that.”

During 2022, the Year of Scotland’s Stories (YSS) will carry on the themed year programme, showcasing our country’s rich literature, film, oral traditions and myths and legends. SNH will bridge the two themes with this special calendar.

Cathy concluded: “In anticipation of YSS we want to hear the stories behind the lens. Photos could feature a beach with fond childhood memories or a river where a magical nature moment was captured; it can be anything - tell us your special memory or story of that place.”

The photos do not necessarily have to be taken during lockdown or even during 2020, however they must feature Scotland’s coasts or waters and have a brief story or memory submitted alongside.

The overall winner’s image will feature on the front page of SNH’s 2021 calendar and the runners up will have their photograph featured on a seasonally relevant month of the year in the calendar. Accompanying stories will feature briefly on the calendar, with full versions displayed on SNH’s website. The winner and all runners up will receive copies of the printed calendar.

Entry requirements:

  1. A maximum of ten images are allowed per entrant.
  2. Each image must be in landscape orientation. In the first instance entries should be submitted as lower resolution JPEGs, saved at 1600 pixels along the longest dimension and sent to calendar@nature.scot.
  3. If selected for the calendar, you must be able to supply a high resolution file, preferably via WeTransfer and as a TIFF or maximum quality JPEG, at a minimum of 4000 pixels on the longest side, suitable for printing. This should be 8-bit, and at the original resolution. Please do not upscale. No borders, watermarks or signatures should be included.
  4. A brief story should accompany each image (max 50 words per image).
  5. Each submission must state the location and approximate month and year the photo was taken.
  6. Please include a full name and contact details.
  7. The closing date for entries is 5pm on 1 October 2020.

More information and full terms and conditions can be found here: https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/land-and-sea-management/managing-access-and-recreation/increasing-participation/snh-and-year-coasts-and-waters-2020-ycw2020/ycw

Contact information

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SNH Media
Email
SNHMEDIA@nature.scot

Notes to editors

Notes for editors

Year of Coasts and Waters - 2020 is designated as Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters. The year, led by VisitScotland, aims to sustain and build upon the momentum of Scotland’s preceding themed years to spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters, inspiring future visits, as well as encouraging responsible engagement.

The events programme that was designed to celebrate the year is currently subject to cancellation and postponement in line with current government advice in relation to Covid-19. Following input and feedback from the tourism and events industry, there has been strong support and a commitment from Scottish Government to rollover the celebratory year into 2021. Work is currently ongoing to rescope and reshape the programme.

Rebrand – Plans to rebrand Scotland’s national nature agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, to ‘NatureScot’ on 1 May 2020, were put on hold due to the pandemic. The rebrand will now commence on 24 August 2020.

Scottish Natural Heritage is Scotland's nature agency. We work to improve our natural environment in Scotland and inspire everyone to care more about it. We work to ensure that all nature in Scotland - our key habitats and landscapes, all our green space and our native species - is maintained, enhanced and brings us benefits. It is the job of all of us to achieve a balance in the sensitive management of our natural world in order to maintain and enhance biodiversity. For more information, visit our website at www.nature.scot or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nature_scot

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Photographer capturing a seascape near Mangersta, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles Area.©Lorne Gill/SNH: Photographer capturing a seascape near Mangersta, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles Area.©Lorne Gill/SNH

Photographer capturing a seascape near Mangersta, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles Area.©Lorne Gill/SNH

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View over Loch Leven National Nature Reserve to the Lomond hills from the bird hide at Burleigh.©Lorne Gill: View over Loch Leven National Nature Reserve to the Lomond hills from the bird hide at Burleigh.©Lorne Gill

View over Loch Leven National Nature Reserve to the Lomond hills from the bird hide at Burleigh.©Lorne Gill

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The seacliffs at Esha Ness National Scenic Area on the Shetland mainland. ©Lorne Gill: The seacliffs at Esha Ness National Scenic Area on the Shetland mainland. ©Lorne Gill

The seacliffs at Esha Ness National Scenic Area on the Shetland mainland. ©Lorne Gill

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Bonnington Linn on the River Clyde in spate conditions. ©Lorne Gill/SNH: Bonnington Linn on the River Clyde in spate conditions. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Bonnington Linn on the River Clyde in spate conditions. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

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Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond. ©Lorne Gill/SNH: Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

Inchcailloch NNR, Loch Lomond. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

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