Not really, but the competition-winning photos are always special as people want to talk about them. The LPOTY Classic View photo was taken while on a family holiday on the Moray Coast. The weather had been horrendous all week, with massive waves crashing over the harbour walls. I got up early while my parents were still in bed and tried to sneak out of the holiday cottage with all my dad’s camera gear. Unfortunately I closed the front door too loudly, woke everyone up and was then spotted heading down the street by my mum. She told my dad to get out of bed and chase after me in case I got swept away by the sea, but I think he was more worried about his camera getting wet.
I managed to set up his tripod, his Nikon D750 camera and a Lee filter system on a wet rocky beach on my own and get some photos in the middle of the storm before he finally caught up with me. However, I did notice that, during a break in the clouds around sunrise, a little section of the Bow Fiddle Rock was lit up orange, so we went back the next day when the weather had improved and I got that winning photo.
My photos of the north coast were taken on a summer trip to Cape Wrath. I had seen lots of other people’s photos on Instagram and I wanted to go there but as I was only 14 at the time my mum wouldn’t let me go on my own. So she took the train with me to Inverness and we hired a Fiat 500 and drove to Durness, then caught a tiny ferry over the loch and finally a minibus out to the lighthouse. We stayed the night at the remote Kearvaig Bothy, and did the whole thing in reverse the next day!