Twenty-three year old Fergus Gill is a Zoology graduate of the University of Glasgow and an avid nature photographer and filmmaker in his spare time. His interest in photography started aged nine, sparked by his father who always encouraged him to take photographs. Fergus is one of the UK's most talented young photographer shaving already won a host of national and international awards.
Living in an area surrounded by arable farmland, woodland and moorland he has plenty of opportunities to get out and experience nature first hand. He is truly passionate about the natural world and strives to capture this through his photography.
He is a four time category winner in the junior section of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2009 and 2010 he was named Veolia Environment Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year and winner of the 2009 Fritz Polking Junior Award. His other successes include the 2008 Young Garden Photographer of the Year and winner of the RSPB's Under 18 Goldeneye Award. Throughout secondary school he also won multiple awards in the Focus Environment School photography competition.
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Lorne has been a professional environmental photographer for over twenty years, firstly with the Countryside Commission for Scotland and latterly with Scottish Natural Heritage; he presently works within the SNH Publishing Unit at Battleby near Perth.
Lorne was born and raised in rural Perthshire where he still lives to this day; he is married with two children. His first encounter with photography came when he won a polaroid camera as a youngster, the magic of instant photography was life changing and he has been taking photographs ever since.
He studied photography for two years at Napier College in Edinburgh in the 1980's. His early years as a professional photographer were spent working with medium and large format cameras primarily photographing the Scottish landscape in both black and white and colour.
He has been a category winner and five times commended in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. In 2009 he won the Urban Wildlife category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards and had a highly commended image in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
He has been the organiser of the Scottish Nature Photography Fair since 1996.