The Isle of Skye has a special place in Scots’ hearts.  It’s a land forged from hard, jagged rocks, often swirling in cloud, that evokes wildness, mystery and grandeur.  Rich in history and culture, its communities now depend on crofting, tourism and whisky for their livelihoods.

I’m delighted to announce the second of my collaborations with Allan Wright, a well-known Scottish landscape photographer, in which I have two free copies of his collection of Skye images to give away.  Read on for details of how to enter this latest competition and win a copy of ‘Skye: A photographic communion‘ (RRP £20).

Sunlight and shadows over Uig Bay (Copyright Allan Wright Photographic)

I’ve visited Skye many times over the years.  Although it’s Scotland’s second largest island (next to Lewis and Harris) it somehow seems more compact, containing immense drama and landscape variety in a comparatively small land mass.  A series of peninsulas and bays fans out from the Black and Red Cuillin mountains in the south, with the Trotternish Ridge in the north characterised by such distinctive landscape features as The Old Man of Storr and The Quiraing.  Some say that the shape of the peninsulas and sea lochs gives rise to its Gaelic name – An t-Eilean Sgiathanach – ‘the winged island’.

Allan Wright’s images expertly capture the majesty and grandeur of this wild land.  Light and shadow pick out snow-capped mountains and lochs.  Big skies provide an impressive backdrop to lonely beaches.  Brooding clouds are an ever-present reminder of the dominant forces of nature.

I have two copies of Allan’s book to give away to two lucky readers.  If these landscapes have whetted your appetite then please find out how to enter the competition.

 

View from Elgol to Loch Scavaig and the Skye Cuillin (Copyright Allan Wright Photographic)

The competition

To enter the competition and be considered for one of the two prizes please take a look at the gallery of images on Allan Wright’s site and answer the following question:

Inspired by Allan’s images, describe the memorable location that best sums up Skye’s wild and scenic beauty for you.  Or if you haven’t yet visited Skye, describe which location you would most like to visit and why.

We’re looking for descriptive answers that capture the essence of Skye and your relationship with the island, its culture and landscape.

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, on social media or a different page on this blog will not be valid.

There are over 104 images to choose from so hopefully there’s plenty of inspiration for you.  Which location best represents the character of Skye?  How does the image make you feel?  Have you a personal story to tell related to the location?  Does it hold memories or aspirations for you?

The rules
  • Entries must be received by 10pm on Sunday 11th March
  • Entries must be submitted as comments to this blog post
  • Two winners will each receive one copy of ‘Skye: A photographic communion’ 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

Good luck!

 

Gesto Farmhouse and Loch Harport (Copyright Allan Wright Photographic)

 

This competition has now closed.  The two winning entries were from Katrina Little and Prentice Baines.

17 Comments on “Skye – Photo book competition

  1. Hello. I am headed to Skye for the first time this summer. The Allan Wright photograph that touches me the most is the lone Highland Cow in Elgol with both the water and the mountains behind him. The image has a haunting, stark beauty that is very organic, and very natural. It inspires me to meditate on the history of the area and to research and learn even more before I arrive, so that I can be a more respectful visitor. I often see photos of the Highland Cows close up, and they always make me smile. But this is the first photograph that reflects a bit of calm yet fierce pride, and also strength. I just love it.

    • Thanks Kerri, Its nice to get confirmation from you about this image. i have snapped many Highland Cattle over the years and I can confirm its not easy to avoid a hum drum end product. I saw exactly what you saw when i shot this and it is a quiet favourite of mine too. best wishes Allan.

  2. Image number 24, Tormore and Sound of Sleat sums up the Isle of Skye perfectly for me. The remote location, the endless shades of greenery, and the hills beyond the Sound of Sleat just makes me want to go there.

    • Thanks David – Sleat was my favourite corner of the Island something to do with the geology I think.

  3. The first Fairy Glen Uig image. It’s such an evocative piece of landscape to start with, but the thought of walking there with my daughters, and letting their imaginations run free would be magical. They’re still of an age where every nook and cranny of the wilderness could contain something truly magical, and a place like that, on an island, is the stuff great stories are made from.

    • Tahnks Adam, I am glad you connected with this image. It took 7 attempts to do any justice to this place and when I finally scored it was magic on every level, Do take your daughters!
      best wishes Allan

      • It’s on my list of places to take them. I grew up in Scotland, and it’s been too long since I’ve been back.

  4. The enchanted fairy glen near uig isle of skye.
    From Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin and then onwards. I lived for a short while on the island at Breakish, and travelled through her majestic beauty. Your photographs are captivating and are just as how I seen the island. From the cullin to Dunvegan castle, the magical fairy pools to the Storr. Mystical mountains and majestical rainbows.Standing stone’s and of course Portree one of the most welcoming little towns..A Cèilidh most weekends..the island is sheer magical and this is why I love the enchanted fairy glen photograph. Takes me back to that magical island. Love all of these but this sums up my skye. Captivatingly beautiful.

    • Thanks Katrina, I am glad you have a strong affinity for Skye and to hear that my images reconnected you reminds me my job is worthwhile. Best wishes Allan

      • Thank you for capturing the essence of Skye so beautifully Allan. Your images are outstanding. 📷

  5. Any picture of Waternish evokes memories for me. My best friend from primary lived there. I have been lots of times before and after she died. She awas interred in Trumpen churchyard. The views from there across to Harris are breathtaking. Everything about Skye is spectacular.

    • Thanks Hazel, I too have a soft spot for Waternish, it was the first place I explored and embraced when I started the project. Glad too you have deep connections which were evoked for you. Best wishes Allan

  6. I’d have to say image 78 reminds me most of Skye. I have never been to the area but that image of rushing water and colourful rocks that lay on the bed of the streams signals the greatest connotations to Skye for me. It gives this peaceful imagine and in a way reminds me of a scene from the classic film “Whisky Galore!” where the casks were hidden. Maybe I’ll get to visit someday, after all the tourists, distillers and directors seem to like the area.

  7. Thanks Prentice, and thanks for the following! Skye is a giant in landscape termsas you clearly know, its busy though so choose your time and place carefully. Image 51 is also a wee favourite of mine – Best wishes Allan

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