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The John Muir Trust sponsors a new category in the 2018 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

The annual SLPOTY competition has rapidly made a name for itself as the home of quality landscape photography on the subject of the great Scottish outdoors. The JMT – the organisation that fights for wild places – has continued its support for the contest with the creation of a new John Muir Trust Living Landscapes Prize for 2018.

Following on from the John Muir Trust Wild Places Prize awarded in the past two years, entrants are asked to share pictures of ‘living landscapes’. How this is interpreted is up to you; they could feature people experiencing and connecting with wild places, images that depict the history of wild landscapes, or locations that are regenerating or full of nature.

Entry for this year’s competition is open now via the SLPOTY website. Ten winners of the John Muir Trust Living Landscapes prize will be selected by the staff and trustees of the charity. The winning images will be displayed in the Alan Reece Gallery in the Trust’s Pitlochry visitor centre, and featured in the JMT Journal, which goes out to more than 11,000 members.

Stuart Low, founder of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, said: “It’s exciting to be able to provide a fresh challenge to those entering this year’s competition while continuing our association with the John Muir Trust. Since the launch of the competition we’ve been keen to encourage photographers to discover Scotland’s special wild places while learning more about how conservation goes hand in hand with wonderful landscape photography.”

Previous winners of the John Muir Trust sponsored category in the competition include Ian Cameron and Nick Hanson – both of whom also collected the overall title of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year.

To find out more, and to enter, visit the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year website: slpoty.co.uk

Header image: Autumn Aurora over Stac Pollaidh, Loch Lurgainn, Assynt © Craig McDearmid