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The Macallan Masters of Photography winner Luke Bhothipiti sets his sights on Scotland

Do you remember our first ever Masters of Photography Masterclass  last year?  A staggering 7,000 photographs were submitted and 94,000 votes were cast by you, the public, to select the top 20 images.  These were then judged by legendary fashion, celebrity and art photographer Albert Watson.

Watson chose ‘Waiting for the Eclipse’ by Luke Bhothipiti (US).  Luke’s photograph, an image of friends standing around a fire for warmth waiting for a lunar eclipse, won him a trip of a life time to Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland.

Fast forward nine months and this week the time has come for Luke to set off on his journey to Scotland.  We caught up with Luke for a quick chat before he hits our shores this weekend…

What inspired you to enter The Macallan Masters of Photography competition?

As a photographer I like to immerse myself in other forms of photography. I was on The Macallan’s blog when I read about the competition, so really, just being in the right place at the right time.  Contests are always exciting for me to enter.  I’m a Macallan kind of guy (if a barrel of 18 year old disappears while I’m there, I had nothing to do with it!) so entering this one was a no brainer.

When did you start taking photos?

I’ve been shooting photos for about 10 years. Though I started with drawing, painting and sketching, I also love technology, and photography is a nice blend of the two. They go hand in hand, and it fits my personality.

Have you got any preconceptions on visiting Scotland?

I’m excited about travelling to Scotland, and can’t wait to start taking pictures there. I’ve never been to Europe before; it’s always been on the list of things to do. . . eventually.  You know, after bills, and work, and school, and life will allow it.  I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to put the day-to-day stuff aside and enjoy myself.  Haggis?  Bring it on.

What’s your aspiration for your photos?

My goal is to use the latest technologies to do things that no one has done before. I want to make things my own, even if it’s just slightly different from what others are doing. I feel that my work is unique.

Luke and his girlfriend Lauren will visit Edinburgh, Inverness, Ross-shire, Renfrewshire, Dornoch Castle and The Macallan Distillery on Easter Elchies Estate. The pair will set off for their 10 day Scottish expedition this Saturday (March 17).

Have you got any recommendations for Luke as a visitor to Scotland for the first time?

Stay tuned for more from Luke’s trip in the coming weeks…

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