About Peter

Image of Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, Peter has been using his words and images to inspire and inform a wide audience for over 15 years. During that time he has racked up numerous awards, authored six books and along with partners and colleagues, has initiated conservation media projects such as Tooth & Claw, Highland Tiger, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION.

Peter is a director of The Wild Media Foundation, the Social Enterprise behind his latest project, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. An advocate for rewilding, Peter is a serving Board Member of award-winning charity Trees for Life and is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Way back in the dark ages, Peter helped pioneer Scotland’s wildlife tourism sector and for almost two decades has been planning and guiding photo-tours for Northshots Photo Adventures, Scotland’s longest established provider of photographic tours and experiences.

In recent years, along with a small, dedicated team, Peter has diversified into film-making, public speaking and visual communications consultancy. He continues to insist on Status Quo being the greatest rock band ever and rarely misses an episode of Coronation Street.

Landmarks

2015:
A quiet year getting back to being a photographer
2014:
Appointed Director of Trees for Life
Launched The Big Picture initiative
2013:
International Guest of Honour at Montier Photo Festival
Senior Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers
Co-founder of Scottish Nature Photography Festival
2012:
2020VISION Roadshow launched
3rd time speaker at WildPhotos
2011
First self-published book: CALEDONIA
2010:
Co-founder 2020VISION project
One of the top 40 most influential nature photographers
2009:
Director Wild Scotland
2008:
Co-founder Highland Tiger project
Invited guest of the International Environmental Photographers Association
2007:
Founding director Wild Media Foundation
Associate of the International League of Conservation Photographers
2006:
Founding director Wild Wonders of Europe
2004:
Co-founder Tooth & Claw predator project.
2003:
Co-authoured Wild Land with Mark Hamblin.

Awards

2015:
British Wildlife Photography Awards: Highly commended
2014:
British Wildlife Photography Awards: Category winner, 2 x Highly commended
2013:
British Wildlife Photography Awards: Highly commended
Asferico Photographer of the Year: Commended
2012:
British Wildlife Photography Awards: 2 x Highly commended
2011
Asferico Photographer of the Year: Category runner up
British Birds Photographer of the Year: Runner up 
British Wildlife Photography Awards: 2 x Highly commended
2010:
Natures Best Photographer of the Year: Overall winner and Commended
BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Category runner up
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Commended
2009:
Natures Best Photographer of the Year: Highly commended   
Asferico Photographer of the Year: Commended
2008:
GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Commended
2007:
GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Commended
2006:
GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Commended
2004:
BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Highly commended
2003:
International Bird Photographer of the Year: Commended
2001:
International Bird Photographer of the Year: Runner up