Eilean Dubh is the people's choice
A SELF-published book of photographs of the Black Isle has been voted a favourite by the Scottish public.
Eilean Dubh - The Black Isle, a collection of photos by Andrew Dowsett, James Moore and Russell Turner, has scooped the title of Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2012.
Organisers of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards asked the public to vote for their favourites from a shortlist of eight books that highlight different aspects of Scottish nature and landscape with stunning photography.
And Eilean Dubh was the public’s choice, beating works by established professionals such as Peter Cairns and Niall Benvie.
Said Russell: "When we first put together Eilean Dubh, the book was just for us - we never dreamed that we’d created the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book for 2012! That we did so is thanks to all the readers who voted for it. We appreciate every single vote."
James added: "Eilean Dubh’s success is particularly gratifying because the shortlist included such great books, some by big names in nature photography.
"We were delighted that a self-published work has even been considered; to win is incredible, but maybe not so surprising when you consider the beauty and variety of the Black Isle. This is a place which definitely deserves to be better known."
Andrew said the book had found its way all over the world since its launch in March 2011.
"Almost 1,900 copies have been sold and we’ve hopes of another good Christmas," he added.
Second place in the awards was A Year in the Life of the Cairngorms by Chris Townsend and in third place was Caledonia - Scotland’s Heart of Pine by Peter Cairns and Niall Benvie.