Local Photographer Scoops Top National Award

The Royal Society of Biology announced the winners of their Photographer of the Year competition 2017 last week, photographer Duncan McNaught from New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway was announced the winner.

Over 600 entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of two for the Young Photographer of the Year award and a shortlist of 11 for the Photographer of the Year award, with the winners announced as part of Biology Week 2017.

The winners were announced last week on Thursday 12th October at the Royal Society of Biology Annual Awards Ceremony held at The Hatton, London.

The prestigious title of RSB Photographer of the Year was presented to Duncan McNaught, who photographed the often overlooked world of fungi and insects in his submission “Welcome to my humble abode”.

“Welcome to my humble abode”.
Duncan Told DGWGO “Winning this prestigious award I’m highly delighted and honoured my image was selected. 
The competition was high and I appreciate the difficulty the judges must have had in choosing the winner. 
I feel proud to have been part of this year’s competition and look forward to sharing my amazing news with my family and friends in Scotland.”
Duncan continued “Living in rural Dumfries and Galloway I have access to some amazing landscapes, Flora and Fauna but it’s the smaller often overlooked plants and insects that really spark the creative photographer in me.
Some of the forests in my area are pretty inaccessible due to their wet boggy nature, however its these hidden, sometimes, magical places I find myself more often than not lying flat on the ground photographing mosses, fungi and insects, all waiting to be discovered and mostly unseen by todays hectic society.
It certainly presents me with many challenges but hopefully my passion for our hidden world will encourage others to explore.”

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