A photographer from the USA has beaten more than 7,000 entries to win the Macallan Masters of Photography title with a photo of friends waiting for a lunar eclipse.

Macallan Masters winner

Picture credit: Luke Bhothipiti

A photographer from the USA has beaten more than 7,000 entries to win the Macallan Masters of Photography title with a photo of friends waiting for a lunar eclipse.

Luke Bhothipiti triumphed in the contest which was judged by legendary photographer Albert Watson and inspired by Watson’s tie-up with the whisky maker last year.

Bhothipiti, who wins a ?trip of a lifetime? courtesy of Visit Scotland, said he took the shot waiting for a lunar eclipse on 21 December last year.

?We all made the trip into the country for the best possible view? This would be the last photograph of everyone together before they would embark on their own personal journeys.?

Watson chose the winning image, entitled ‘Waiting for the Eclipse’, from 20 that had been shortlisted through a public vote.

?The standard of entries was impressive and it was by no means an easy task to choose the winner,? said Watson.

?However, of all the entries, Luke?s image was the most original. I liked the intent of the shot, the composition, the ice cold of the sky, and the ghostly group of figures around a warm fire. It spoke to me emotionally.?