On Tuesday night, the RSGS was delighted to present nature photographer, Lorne Gill with a prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Society. The award was bestowed for his inspirational work in promoting the best of Scotland’s landscapes and wildlife, and for his support of both the RSGS and the next generation of photographers.
Though some may not recognise the name, most will have come across Lorne’s work on the covers of a raft of publications across Scotland and the wider world. For the past 26 years, Lorne has been the staff photographer for Scottish Natural Heritage, producing breath-taking images of Scotland’s diverse landscapes, flora and fauna in support of their influential work.
Over the course of his career, Lorne’s exquisite images have received many prestigious awards, accolades and commendations in competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Photography Awards and the European Photographer of the Year.
In addition, Lorne has spent countless hours co-ordinating the Scottish Nature Photography Fair, a competition which celebrates the best of Scotland’s natural history and, importantly, the next generation of photographic talent – something which he is very keen to endorse in order to encourage more young people to take pictures, get outside and engage with the physical environment.
In terms of the RSGS, Lorne has greatly assisted the Society in recent years, volunteering his work on several occasions for use in the in-house Geographer magazine. He has also organised two beautiful exhibitions at the Society’s Fair Maid’s House Visitor Centre which were well-received and well-attended by locals and visitors alike.
Reflecting on the Honorary Fellowship, Lorne said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship, and flattered to be in such esteemed company as those that have been recognised before.”
Chief Executive Mike Robinson said: “Lorne has done much to promote Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful places, a contribution which has helped further understanding of the country’s natural heritage, its vibrant communities of plants and animals, and what the future might hold for its wild spaces. We are delighted to welcome Lorne as our latest Honorary Fellow, and look very much forward to continue working with him in the years to come.”
Lorne joins an illustrious list of Honorary Fellows of the RSGS including famed photographers Brad Washburn, Doug Allan and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Explorers, scientists and communicators such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir David Attenborough, Lindsey Hilsum and Paralympic gold-medallist and adventurer Karen Darke also share this honour.