Photography award win for local designer

An Orkney jewellery designer has won two accolades in a top photography competition.

Keen underwater photographer, Alison Moore, took two accolades in this year’s Scottish Nature Photography Awards.

Dounby based Alison won the Scottish Landscape - Sea and Coast category of the awards with her image, Magical Cave, depicting a stunning underwater realm off the Orkney coast.

Alison also secured a third place in the Scottish Wildlife Behaviour category of the awards for her photograph of a lion’s mane jellyfish - The Lion’s Mane’s Lair - and had two images shortlisted in the Environmental section.

She said: "Experiencing the beauty of the underwater world has become my absolute passion these past couple of years. For some of the images I’ve captured to be recognised in these awards, alongside some absolutely stunning photography, is an absolute honour and means a great deal to me.

"I love to share my adventures scuba diving and snorkelling around the Orkney coastline on social media as I think that so many people don’t appreciate what an amazing world they have on their doorstep.”

Speaking about her winning shot, Magical Cave, Alison said: "I do a lot of snorkelling along the Orkney coastline. This one particular day I took a deep breath in, dived down 10 metres or so to the bottom of this cave and when I looked up, the way the light was shining through the water made the scene absolutely magical. I was delighted to have been able to capture that moment, and for it now to be recognised as a lovely image makes me very happy!"

Fellow Orkney photographer, Nicki Gwynn-Jones, also took second place in the Natural Abstract category of the events with her wave image, Portal.

A selection of Alison’s images are available for sale on her official website. She also plans to draw inspiration from her underwater adventures to create a new range of products and jewellery collections.

Read our blog about Alison's underwater adventures.

You can see more of Alison's photography on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Newsletter

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