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Pretty as a (Macallan) Picture

After attracting over 7,000 entries and 94,000 votes, The Macallan single malt has announced that the winner of the first ever ‘Masters of Photography Masterclass’, in partnership with legendary Scottish photographer Albert Watson, is ‘Waiting for the Eclipse’ by Luke Bhothipiti from the USA.

The competition invited members of the public to upload their finest photographs celebrating the theme of ‘great journeys’ either from travels or a special moment showing a passage of time. The competition was inspired by the Albert Watson edition of The Macallan Masters of Photography which showcases his visual interpretation of the journey of The Macallan’s exceptional oak casks from Jerez, Spain to Speyside, Scotland.

According to The Macallan, 94,000 votes were cast by the public to select the top 20 images. These were then judged by Watson, winner of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society’s 2010 Centenary Medal; well known across the globe for his fashion, celebrity and art photography having shot over 200 covers for both Vogue and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Luke’s photograph wins him a trip of a life time to Scotland, courtesy of Visit Scotland. Let's hope they can fit in a visit to Easter Elchies.

The happy winner describes his picture as "my friends standing around a fire for warmth waiting for the lunar eclipse on 12/21/2010. We all made the trip into the country for the best possible view of an event that only comes around every 460 years. This would also be the last photograph of everyone together before they would embark on their own personal journeys."

That sounds a bit cheesy, but it is a great picture, so well done Luke. You have to look twice to see everything that's going on.

A second Masterclass is in the planning. In the meantime you can check out all the entries here: www.themastersofphotography.com/the-masterclass/s8/