I’m pleased to be teaming up with Allan Wright, a well-known landscape photographer, to showcase a new book he’s published on Galloway.  If you’re a fan of Galloway then read on since I also have free copies of his book to give away to two lucky readers.

Overwintering geese, Southerness, Solway Firth    (Copyright Allan Wright Photographic)

I’m a fairly recent convert to the quiet charms of Galloway, having enjoyed recent visits to the coast near Kirkcudbright, visiting the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park as well as cycling across the region en route to John O’Groats.

Taking in the Southern Uplands, the Solway coast and fertile agricultural land, its rolling hills and steadfast towns seem to have an understated appeal.  But take the time to discover Galloway and you’ll find a land of real beauty.  From hidden bays, rolling fields and bluebell woods to imposing castles and wide-sky vistas it’s a region that has much to offer.

Allan Wright is a leading Scottish landscape photographer who has captured images of Scotland as well as his adopted home of Galloway for the last 30 years.  One of his recent books, simply called ‘Galloway’, brings the character of the area to life.  His exquisite photographs show the area through the seasons, from dawn to dusk.  I particularly like the way he captures light in his images, including reflections in still rivers, rich sunsets and shadows cast across rough moorland.

If, like me, you’re a fan of high quality landscape photography – or you simply love Galloway – then you’ll be keen to see Allan’s latest book of images.  I have copies to give away (RRP £20) to two competition winners.

Carsphairn Lead Mine (Copyright Allan Wright Photographic)

The competition

To enter the competition and be considered for one of the two prizes please answer the following question:

Which image (from the gallery on Allan’s website) do you think best evokes Galloway and why?

You will need to leave your answer as a comment at the foot of this post in order to be considered.  Entries submitted by e-mail or social media will not be valid.

There are over 130 images to choose from so there’s plenty scope to find an image that sums up Galloway to you.  How does the image make you feel?  Do you have a personal story to tell related to the scene?  Does it hold memories or aspirations for you?

The rules
  • Entries must be received by 10pm on Sunday 11th February
  • Entries must be submitted as comments to this blog post
  • Two winners will each receive one copy of ‘Galloway’ by Allan Wright
  • The two winning entries will be chosen on merit by the photographer personally
  • Open to UK residents aged 18 or over
  • Only one entry per person
  • The winners will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date, and must respond within 7 days to claim their prize
  • The prizes will be sent out by post by Bonnie Communications (on behalf of Allan Wright) within 28 days of receiving the winner’s address

Finally, I’ll shortly be running similar competitions featuring Allan Wright’s recently-published books on Glasgow and Skye.  If you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these two books too please follow my blog so you’ll be sure not to miss them!

Good luck!

This competition has now closed.  The two winners were Liz Gettoes and  David McKellar, and their prizes have been sent out to them.

6 Comments on “Galloway – A photographic portrait

  1. There are way too many to choose from, but if wrestled to the ground and forced to pick one, I’d go for image number 10 – the trees in the hard frosted landscape, backlit by the sun. Like so many of Allan’s photos, it goes beyond just perfect composition: it evokes all the other senses too. In this one I can feel the cold air on my skin and in my lungs, with the frost-hardened ground beneath my feet. Quite simply, stunning.
    However, I already have a copy of his wonderful book – which I thoroughly recommend to anyone to buy if they’re unsuccessful in this competition – so choose someone else who will also enjoy looking through the book and pouring over the images 🙂

    • Hi there, and thanks for kicking off the responses in such a great way. It’s great to hear you already own a copy and can thoroughly recommend Allan’s book to others – a fantastic endorsement.

  2. For me, image number 28 best evokes Galloway. It is a beautiful landscape image with low lying mist, beautiful subtle tones, and has a three-dimensional quality as well.

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  4. Personally, number 58 is perfect; the rugged landscape, with the sun peeking from behind the hills, all centred on a derelict building – so evocative of the Galloway hills

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