Cumbernauld photographer takes top prize

A woman from Cumbernauld has beaten off tough competition to snatch the first place in a well known photography contest. Katrina Martin’s snap of a blackbird utilizing razorwire as a singing perch received 1st prize in environmental impact category on 14th March, on Thursday, at Scottish Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards.

The twenty five year old was nominated in 3 categories at photography awards and her pictures were up against other 84 snaps that were judged by jointly by the public as well as the judge’s panel. On Sunday, Campsie View’s Katrina was handed the prize by Richard Bath, the editor of Scottish Field as well as senior writer for Scotland.

The photographer from Lanarkshire was really shocked to have selected for the award considering the other high standard of entries. She told that she is totally amazed to get the 1st prize. The standard of pictures was very high and she was not expecting this at all. She felt really grateful and honored to the judges for picking up his snaps.

Speaking about the winning snap, she told that even though on first appearances this picture may appear to perpetrate a negative people wildlife issue, it is part of a bigger and much more promising picture. The razorwire which this blackbird is using as a singing perch divides an industrial estate and Cumbernauld Glen Nature Reserve. What really matters in urban environments is the availability of good quality habitat which allows nature and people in harmony.

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