Scottish photographer, Ruairidh McGlynn was placed first in one of the Iphone Photographer Awards’ (IPPA) categories. The category was Trees and he explains how the atmospheric photos of the tree in the Middle East (below) came about. ‘While on a trip to Qatar earlier this year, I met up with a photographer that I’d connected with on Instagram. We ventured out into the desert bordering Saudi Arabia. As the light faded and the mist set in, we passed lone outposts and camels in search of the perfect tree. Faint outlines grabbed our attention. This image was one of a series of unique trees we captured that day. It’s one of those moments I won’t forget.’

The Edinburgh-based artist started taking pictures two years ago when his brother invited him to the Highlands to climb a Munro. Now he has 64,000 followers on Instagram. He describes himself as ‘a mobile photographer specialising in landscapes.. based in Scotland and when he’s not at work, he can usually be found exploring the mountains’.

His website also says he’s ‘currently in search of a better camera’.