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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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That's @spirit_speyside festival over for 2015. Thanks to @angelshareglass & @HighlandChoc for joining us for a brilliant few days #dram15

04 May 15
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Our lovely whisky festival guests, & @hansoffringa, enjoying tonight's Fine and Rare @HighlandChoc pairing #dram15 http://t.co/1FG1zMJaon

02 May 15
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We have teamed up with @HighlandChoc for an extremely special Fine and Rare matching at the distillery this evening http://t.co/zT1lJ7M4l2

02 May 15
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This weekend we have a decision to make. Amber, Sienna or Ruby? Image via @Randalltan http://t.co/laXTyNuPzc

02 May 15
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All set up for a day of glass blowing demos with the wonderful @angelshareglass as part of @spiritofspeyside #dram15 http://t.co/54aYhkOeD8

02 May 15
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A very apt throwback to some 80s advertising we found within our archives.Do alfresco drams factor into your weekend? http://t.co/Vd7iuwM2sU

01 May 15
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Discover @whisky4everyone's take on the limited edition whisky from our #MacallanMasters @MarioTestino edition: http://t.co/omqfSNVyiS

30 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today, the spotlight is on our rich & complex No.6, encased in finest @LALIQUE crystal http://t.co/R7X6fP7jmv

29 Apr 15
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As #LFW announce the move from @SomersetHouse to Brewer St Car Park – which is your preferred location (to enjoy a Macallan, of course)?

27 Apr 15
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Throwback to an evening of exceptional food & whisky with @cellercanroca & @bacchanaliasg in celebration of #WGS2015 http://t.co/tZj9ewjlqT

26 Apr 15
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Today we're opening The Macallan Reflexion to reveal a bold & full bodied whisky with notes of raisin & sultana http://t.co/KFZXLWqYYQ

25 Apr 15
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We’ve teamed up with @HighlandChoc for whisky & chocolate pairing events @Spirit_Speyside! Book your place here: http://t.co/cbHGcKxcl4

24 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! We love this image from @TommyWee of his favourite Macallans, what's yours? http://t.co/AmQeSUvK5Y

22 Apr 15
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The Macallan fan Jonny Milne gave us a glimpse of his suitcase essentials including our 12 Years Olds Sherry Oak http://t.co/cnXOoelmJz

20 Apr 15
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Feast your eyes on our #FineFoodFriday pairing of Sienna, grilled springbok loin, smoked aubergine & celeriac puree! http://t.co/fJ7J2habRn

17 Apr 15
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RT @angelshareglass Next week @The_Macallan Distillery will stock our new 12 year old angels - what do you think? http://t.co/WuoeG5lvyw

17 Apr 15
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Happy #WhiskyWednesday! Today we're opening a bottle of our rich 25 Years Old Sherry Oak, as captured by @joshrubin http://t.co/tHXnipLTEu

15 Apr 15
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Nothing beats a great dram with a great view. Where is your favourite view in the world to enjoy with a dram? http://t.co/jFRs7I7Psg

13 Apr 15
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It's time to open The Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Years Old… what better way to start the weekend? http://t.co/NEi2hjMzx0

10 Apr 15
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This week in our Meet the Master series we sit down with @RojaDove. Join us on a journey through the world of scents http://t.co/q95XPGwFgr

09 Apr 15
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This #WhiskyWednesday we're savouring our impeccable 18 Years Old Sherry Oak with notes of dried fruit & ginger http://t.co/Eaun2zi5PL

08 Apr 15
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Have a wonderful #Easter from everyone at The Macallan. What better occasion to enjoy chocolate with your dram? http://t.co/zKWMFOBh20

05 Apr 15
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Gentle & warming, our Sienna pairs perfectly with a chocolate pot & vanilla bean ice cream this #FineFoodFriday http://t.co/XUW9SbaMNX

03 Apr 15
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Housing some of our rarest whiskies, The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge at Galaxy Macau Resort is our kind of bar… http://t.co/wSiET9hsBm

02 Apr 15
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Today we dedicate our #WhiskyWednesday to the Maple Old Fashioned cocktail. Sláinte! http://t.co/YdGjwjiUsJ http://t.co/WKUHsBUL0E

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