I’ve never entered any photo competitions before, but now that I’m working at Scottish Provincial I wanted to join in with the fun and take part in the Highlands & Islands media awards. I’ve entered the only two categories for photographers — photographer of the year, and top shot of the year.
Here are the 6 photos I’ve submitted, starting with my “top shot” entry…
1 — A freak storm battered the northeast of Scotland, with one of the worst-hit areas being the small fishing village of Balintore in Easter Ross. Three boys approached a gap in the harbour wall and were confronted by a huge wave. The boys fled for their lives, with two of them being brought down by the weight of the water hitting them. They all escaped, with only one of them suffering minor injuries.
2 — Inverness boxer Gary Cornish lands the knock-out punch in his British heavyweight title fight against Paul Butlin at the Ironworks.
3 — 11-year-old Connor Lawless hasn’t been phased by his battle against testicular cancer, but he was quite embarrassed by a kiss from his mum Eilidh during a photo shoot.
4 – Armed police respond to reports of gunshots at flats on Mackay Road in Hilton. James Smith, 63, was arrested and charged with a firearms offence.
5 — 15-year-old Highland Wildcats running back Mark Pyper was promoting a scheme to get other youngsters involved in American football as a way of turning their lives around and helping with their confidence and sense of direction in life.
6 — A new stained glass window was blessed during the Sunday service at St Mary’s church in Inverness. Following the service, as most people left and those involved in the blessing posed for photographs, one member of the congregation stayed to pray. He remained for upwards of half an hour, peaceful and motionless, undisturbed by the activity around him.