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Scotsman photographer aims to make it five

The Scotsman’s Ian Rutherford could be crowned the top press photographer in Scotland for a record fifth time.

Ian is up against his Scotsman colleague Jane Barlow, Jeff Mitchell from Getty Images and the Press Association’s David Cheskin for photographer of the year in the First ScotRail Press Photography Awards 2008.

  • Click through to see some of the shortlisted photographs.
  • A record 3,100 entries were submitted over the 14 prize categories with 42 photographers and nine newspapers/magazines shortlisted.

    Johnston Press’ Edinburgh-based trio of The Scotsman, Evening News and Scotland on Sunday feature 13 times in the shortlist.

    Meanwhile, Newsquest’s Glasgow trio of The Herald, Evening Times and Sunday Herald are shortlisted seven times.

    The Local photographer of the year category sees freelancers Brian Averell and Ian Jacobs pitted against Robin Bryden, of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard, and Gordon Fraser from the East Lothian News.

    The public can now vote online at to decide the winner of the 12 shortlisted images in the open category.

    Judging panel chairman Ken Lennox said: “The judging panel has once again had the opportunity to view and shortlist some truly outstanding images across categories that reflect the rich tapestry of Scottish life.

    “The images submitted for the features category were inventive, fun and well executed while some shots in the sport categories raised a smile and portrayed plenty of drama.

    “The student category is also very strong. Clearly, entrants have worked extremely hard to pull together their submissions. Overall, entries have once again been of a very high standard, reflecting Scotland’s rich seam of photographic talent.”

    The winners will be announced on 26 March in Glasgow.

    The full shortlist is:

    Photographer of the Year

    David Cheskin, Press Association
    Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman
    Jane Barlow, The Scotsman
    Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images

    Picture Essay of the Year

    Robert Perry, Scotland on Sunday
    Jane Barlow, The Scotsman
    Crawford Brown, Daily Record
    Marc Turner, The Herald and Evening Times
    Mark Runnacles, Daily Record
    Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman

    Features Photographer of the Year

    Julie Howden, The Herald
    Jane Barlow, The Scotsman
    Phil Wilkinson, Scotland on Sunday
    Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images

    Sports Photographer of the Year

    Andrew Milligan, Press Association
    Tom Main, Freelance
    Ian Macnicol, Freelance
    Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman

    Local Photographer of the Year

    Brian Averell, Freelance
    Ian Jacobs, Freelance
    Robin Bryden, Dumfries and Galloway Standard
    Gordon Fraser, East Lothian News

    Young Photographer of the Year

    James Glossop, The Times
    Ben Begley, The Digger
    Hollie McIntosh, Freelance
    James Porteous, Freelance

    Student Photographer of the Year

    Eve Conroy, Metropolitan College, Glasgow
    Jim Carroll, Stevenson College
    Artur Drazkowski, Clydebank College
    Claire Taylor, Metropolitan College Glasgow

    News Picture of the Year

    Phil Wilkinson, Scotland on Sunday
    Ian Georgeson, Edinburgh Evening News
    Wattie Cheung, Freelance
    Kieran Dodds, Freelance

    Sports Picture of the Year

    Wattie Cheung, Freelance
    Andrew Milligan, Press Association
    Ian Macnicol, Freelance
    Tom Main, Freelance
    Mark Runnacles, Daily Record

    Celebrity Picture of the Year

    Lesley Martin, Daily Record
    David Cheskin, Press Association
    Crawford Brown, Daily Record
    Jamie Simpson, Evening Times

    Open Category

    Javier Ternero, Freelance
    Ian Macnicol, Freelance, 3 entries
    Robert Paterson, Freelance
    Thomas Mcdonald, Royal Navy
    Brian Anderson, News of the World
    Martin Shields, The Herald
    David Moir, Reuters/Freelance, 2 entries
    Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman
    Chris McNulty, Freelance

    Newspaper of the Year

    Sunday Herald
    Sunday Times Scotland
    Daily Record
    Scotland on Sunday

    Magazine/Supplement of the Year

    The Herald Magazine
    Sunday Herald Magazine
    Scotsman Magazine
    Daily Record
    The Scottish Sun
    Scottish Field

    First ScotRail Employee Photographer of the Year

    Sian Broderick, Banffshire
    Mark Graham, Johnstone
    William Kingsbury, Lossiemouth, Moray
    Roddy Macphee, Inverness
    Allister Combe, Edinburgh