Striking wildlife photography to go on show in Hillswick

An award winning photo of an otter with a puffin in its mouth by Richard Shucksmith.

HILLSWICK Wildlife Sanctuary is set to host an exhibition of wildlife photography in the village over the coming weeks.

Work from the likes of Hugh Harrop, John Moncrieff, Richard Shucksmith, Austin Taylor and Helen Perry will go on show at the Weaving Shed Gallery next door to the sanctuary from Sunday (24 June) to 29 July.

The Ivan Hawick photo which inspired the exhibition.

The exhibition will be opened by veteran snapper Dennis Coutts at the gallery at 2pm on Sunday.

Other photographers set to feature include Brydon Thomason, Magnus Polson, Billy Arthur, Paula Moss, John Lowrie Irvine, Kristofer Wilson and Tim Stenton.

Sanctuary owner Jan Bevington said the exhibition is inspired by a photo taken by Ivan Hawick in January which showed the remains of a minke whale on a Nesting beach surrounded by plastic.

“What struck us about Ivan’s image was how beautiful it was, even though it showed the terrible state of our environment and the impact it has on our wildlife,” she said.

“Then we realised how many fantastic photos we see almost every day on Facebook by all these great local photographers and we thought wouldn’t it be great to celebrate their work with an exhibition.”

Many of the images have been donated by the photographers and will be sold to generate funds for the sanctuary, which is raising funds for a major redevelopment plan.

The exhibition will be open every day from 12pm to 5pm.

The Weaving Shed Gallery, which opened last year, is a private gallery dedicated to the work of the late artist, lyricist, poet and filmmaker Jeannette-Therese Obstoj.