Exciting news! I’ve just won the competition to become the Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2012. I didn’t have far to look for the photos as they were all taken from my garden (though at different times of the year!). They show they machair land of North Uist: a strip of flat, fertile, sand-blown crofting land which runs along the west coast of the island, with long views down to the sand dunes on the horizon.  The snow picture was of a particularly bad winter: the snow was being whipped up by the wind to form a huge cloud which reminded me of the photos of Texas dust –bowl storms of the 1930s. I could only submit 3 photos, so the most colourful, fourth season is still missing from the sequence: the Summer when the machair is covered in white and yellow flowers.

The complete set of photos are here