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Talented Lanarkshire photographer wins prestigious student photography award

A talented student from New College Lanarkshire has won Scottish Nature Photography Student of the Year at the annual Scottish Nature Photography Awards.

The annual competition invites entries for images taken in Scotland by professional or amateur photographers from around the world.

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HND Photography student Murronrose Dunn, from Bargeddie, has submitted a three-image portfolio titled Passing Time.

Murronrose told Lanarkshire Live: “I am currently in my final year at New College Lanarkshire. It all started with a simple evening class in 2019 when I was in my final year of high school. After that I caught the bug of photography and then continued on to my NQ.

“Photography has always been one of my interests, but my passion comes from my father. He was still playing with an old point and shooting at events or occasions.

Glencoe Photo by Murronrose

“When he bought a Nikon D3500, I was fascinated by this one. It accompanied me in all the landscapes, rain or shine, and I must where I am today at my family and my university.”

Commenting on his winning entries, Murronrose explained: “My three images were taken during the restrictions last year, where I could travel the furthest was Glencoe.

“It was a time to connect with nature and take a step back from the world. Each image has a strong focus on water and freezes motion to create a smooth milky effect.

“The series goes from daylight to sunset, I wanted each image to be unique, but as a set shows the change from noon to dusk.

“The effect the time of day has had on every image is incredible, from the clouds preparing to burst in Glencoe to the cold blue skies in New Lanark.”

Elizabeth Morton, Murronrose Lecturer and Team Leader of the HND Photography Course, said: “New College Lanarkshire Photography Course staff are delighted that Murronrose’s hard work has been recognised.

“Murronrose is a very talented young woman who is capable of capturing the most atmospheric images, not only in the studio but also in the natural world.

“As the jury recognized, the range of skills required to capture these images shows his talent. What makes his achievements more incredible is that his studies were interrupted by the pandemic.

“Murronrose has been with us for three years now and once she completes her HND, she will move on to university to take on the next challenge of an Honors degree.

“She completed each level of her studies with enthusiastic and contagious energy and she loves taking on new challenges. Participating in this competition was in addition to classes, but something she enjoyed.”

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