Duelling insects, flying ladybirds and curious squirrels were among some of the snaps to win acclaim at a photography competition.
The Nature Photography Awards saw 278 entries from around the world which were whittled down to 105. They were then displayed at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick for the public to vote on.
The winners were announced at an awards ceremony.
Douglas Gregor, from Worcester, won two categories. He took first place in the worldwide wildlife with his picture of a ladybird taking off and Scottish wildlife with a snap of two insects fighting.
A stunning picture of a wintry mountain reflected in a lake saw Neil MacGregor take the landscape award. He also won the people’s choice award for his red squirrel on a stump.
World Flora was won by Ann Jeffray from East Lothian, Stuart Scott from Galashiels won Creative Visions of Nature and Environmental Impact was won by Malcolm Davidson from East Lothian.
The junior category was won by Inga Zurhelle from Germany for her picture of a spider in his web.
One of judges, Laurie Campbell said it was hard to chose the winners from the good entries.
He said: “Once again, the process of deliberating over such a high percentage of marvellous entries took time. Our only option was to become more ruthless than ever before and make difficult decisions. There really were some stand-out shots and it’s great to see that recognised by the public.
“I would encourage anyone with an interest in photography to get snapping for the seventh Nature Photography Awards.”
Tom Brock, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “Every year we are greatly impressed by the level of talent amongst amateur photographers. I would like to thank everyone who entered and to congratulate all those who made it to the shortlist and, of course, our winners. The exhibition in the Seabird Centre has been a huge success with over 500 people voting for their favourite.”
The exhibition will run until March 4 and entries for next year’s competition open soon.