Countryside Alliance Awards: Best Rural Enterprise

Best Rural Enterprise

Loch Visions, Argyll


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It’s not many business ideas that come from a vole.

But this is how Philip Price’s unique idea was born – he was taking pictures of some of the creatures when he realised the potential of giving people a fun wildlife-based experience using photography.

The idea has allowed him to combine his love of nature and photography skills.

Loch Visions offers wildlife and digital photography experiences and tuition at Lock Awe, Oban. It is aimed at the mass market – for literally anyone who fancies a day out – and Philip provides all equipment so catering for any standard of photographer.

Clients spend time in purpose-build photographic zones in a 22 acre wild woodland on the banks of the loch, plus get photography advice in the studio.

“Philip has set up a thriving small business that gives people the chance to take home a bit of Scotland’s natural beauty in the form of photographers,” say the judges. “He has also created a sustainable and creative local business, with a strong emphasis on respecting the countryside that supports his work and other local services wherever possible.”


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