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We are delighted to announce that HND Photography student Murronrose Dunn has been awarded Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2021. Murronrose’s portfolio of 3 images on the theme of motion were selected by the judges as the winner of the student category in the competition which ran at the end of last year.

Murronrose submitted a portfolio “Passing Time” which depicts 3 landscape photographs which show different times of day and utilise a slow shutter speed to blur movement within the images giving us an all round sense of the passage of time.

Noon at Glencoe from “Passing Time” – © Murronrose Dunn

Murronrose started her journey in photography by undertaking an evening class whilst in her final year at high school and then enrolled in the NQ Photography course in August 2019. Murron has shown continued dedication and determination to build her photography skills across all disciplines and has continued to impress lecturers and classmates alike with her work throughout her journey to HND Photography.

Sunset at Loup of Fintry from “Passing Time” – © Murronrose Dunn

About her work Murronrose said:

The three images were shot during the restrictions last year, where the furthest I could travel was Glencoe. Landscapes were initially required for my course, however I enjoyed taking each image. They were also a moment to just connect with nature and step back from the world. Each image focuses heavily on water and freezing the motion to create a smoothed out milky effect. I used filters for each image. I felt that this milky effect helps to show the calming and dramatic atmosphere at each location. The series also goes from daylight to sunset, I wanted each image to look unique but as a set show the change from noon to dusk. The effect that the time of day had on each image is incredible, from the clouds preparing to burst in Glencoe to the cold blue sky in New Lanark.

Murronrose Dunn
Dusk at New Lanark from “Passing Time” – © Murronrose Dunn

Judges were impressed by Murronrose’s submission and have marked her as one to watch in the future. Following completion of the HND Photography course Murronrose will continue to Napier University to undertake her degree in Photography. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Murronrose’s portfolio shows three very well considered images in different light conditions. They are fine examples of landscape photography. The successful use of long exposures in all three has given us a cohesive portfolio and a sense of motion in the water.  Murronrose met the brief in every aspect – one to watch in the future.

Judging Panel Member – Niall Irvine
Murronrose Dunn – Student Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year 2021

To see more of Murronrose’s work check out her instagram page.

To find out more about the Scottish Nature Photography Awards and find out what this year’s competition title might be head to their website.

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