Phil snaps up more awards for photographs

'Keys' was photographed near Chirnside,on the banks of the River Whiteadder by Phil Mclean

'Keys' was photographed near Chirnside,on the banks of the River Whiteadder by Phil Mclean

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CHIRNSIDE based photographer Phil McLean is celebrating this week after winning plaudits in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards.

It was announced this week that Phil’s photograph of the seed cases of a Maple tree and a picture of a poppy have taken second and third place respectively in the botanical section of the competition.

Papaver rhoeas wildflowers photographed at Birghan by duns photography club member Phil Mclean

Papaver rhoeas wildflowers photographed at Birghan by duns photography club member Phil Mclean

It was the first time that Phil has entered and five of his photographs were shortlisted which means they will now be part of the touring exhibition and a book published in conjunction with the competition.

His success follows recognition in the British Wildlife Photogapher of the Year Awards when his pictures were highly commended last year.

Phil said this week that he was delighted with his latest awards as they were chosen from over 2000 entries.

“I was well pleased as this was my first time of entering and only the second international competition I have entered.”

‘Keys’ was photographed near Chirnside,on the banks of the River Whiteadder while ‘Poppy’ was photographed at Birgham, between Coldstream and Kelso.

A member of Duns Camera Club, Phil is a semi professional photographer, available for tuition, and also slideshow talks to local groups.

More of his work can be seen on his website www.philmclean-photography.co.uk; email; philmclean@btinternet.com mobile;07711 943458.

Details of the Scottish Nature Photography awards can be found on the SNPA website.http://www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com/index.html