About

Ian is a UK Landscape & Outdoor Photographer. Originally from London and now based in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.

Having lived in a city for many years this has driven him to explore and embrace nature in all its glory. A few years ago he watched a documentary called ‘Chasing Ice’. A film about nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey highlighted the effects of climate change and hugely influenced the development of Ian’s photography. Whilst he has a love for mountains and winter landscapes he also endeavours to hone his skills in other areas such as woodland & wildlife photography.

A proud member of the Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers, he was shortlisted for the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 ‘Scottish Landscape Photographer of The Year’ competition. Ian was also commended for his work in 2019 and 2020, which he recognises as a huge achievement and strengthens his drive for creativity. Ian has been commissioned to carry out commercial photography for GO Campers in Iceland as well as a number of private clients. His work has been published in Amateur Photographer and Outdoor Photography magazines.

Achievements & Awards

  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Seascape Category – Commended
  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Landscape Category – Shortlisted
  • Outdoor Photography Magazine May 2020 – Image Published
  • Outdoor Photography Magazine May 2020 – Runner-up – Winter Mountains
  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 – Landscape Category – Commended
  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 – Monochrome Category – Shortlisted
  • Perthshire Creates April 2020 – SOSLP Publication
  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 – Four Seasons Category – Shortlisted
  • Trail Magazine, UK Mountain Photo of the Year’ 2019 – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 – Landscape Category – Shortlisted
  • Outdoor Photography Magazine February 2018 – Viewpoint
  • Amateur Photographer Magazine August 2015 – Appraisal 

Spread the word

I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography and I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

  • Use discretion if sharing locations.

  • Know and follow rules and regulations.

  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles

Contact

Feel free to reach out.

ianbarnesphotography@outlook.com

Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers

A proud member

Ian is proud to be a member of the Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers. The Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers is a collective based around the principles of quality, environmental awareness and the promotion of Scotland’s landscape.

The membership represents some of the best photographers of the Scottish landscape currently active and the Society was formed as a haven of sorts for professionals and top quality amateurs. Our membership contains many awards winners both nationally and internationally as well as major company ambassadors and nationally published photographers.

Find out more about the society.

The society has hosted several successful exhibitions at venues across Scotland.

Companies I have worked with.