A Dumbarton man has been named as this year's Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Allan Donald scooped the prestigious title with his winning portfolio of three stunning and evocative images shot in the Scottish Highlands.

They included ‘Shining Peak’, a shot of light breaking through heavy clouds to light up Sgorr a’Choise, Glen Coe; ‘The Perfect Ridge’, capturing the snow covered ridges descending from Stob Coire Sgreamhach; and ‘Stob Dubh Sunset’, a tranquil winter shot showing the layers of mountain ridges off into the distant horizon.

The 48-year-old said: "I’m lost for words but absolutely delighted with this news, thank you so much for awarding me this honour.

"The standard of landscape photography in Scotland is fantastic and to be given this title makes me both proud and humbled.”

Allan has been capturing the beauty of Scottish mountains for 15 years but purely as a means of documenting his trips.

Over time and after witnessing so many stunning vistas from the high and wild places of Scotland, he decided it was time to take it more seriously and his love for serious photography began five years ago.

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In addition to the overall title, The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, the competition also consists of several other categories, including Youth Photographer of the Year.

This was won by Andrew Bulloch from Edinburgh with his image of Eriskay football pitch in the Outer Hebrides.

The competition, now in its fifth year, is the brainchild of landscape photographer, Stuart Low.

Low put it together to promote and inspire photographers of all levels to explore Scotland’s stunning landscapes and to promote Scotland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage to an international audience.

Winning entries will be published in a series of public exhibitions across Scotland and in a special edition book that will be launched in April 2019.

Stuart Low said: “The standard of photography just gets better and better each year and it is truly humbling to see entries come in from across the globe.

"Once again, talented photographers of all levels have taken to the outdoors and captured Scotland’s stunning views.

"I’m sure they’ll bring joy not only to those who won awards but they’ll also inspire people from across the world to visit and marvel at our beautiful country.”

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