“No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve,” says Paul Colley in talking about Contrails At Dawn, the image with which he won last year’s British Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, and which takes pride of place in this touring exhibition of the 2018 competition’s best entries.

“I experienced a huge gradient of emotion. There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single usable image. And then the natural highs of those lightbulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards having the potential to win this exceptional accolade.” 

Photo credit: David Bennett, Goose Barnacles, Sanna Bay, Highland

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