Ruairidh McGlynn (b. 1986) is a photographer whose work is often informed by his intrigue to explore new places, drawn to the relationship between mankind and nature. A relationship that is in constant flux, Ruairidh examine's how we exist within our surroundings by capturing the man altered landscape.  Exploring ideas of time, place, identity and memory.

Ruairidh has a deep interest in places that are on the peripheries of society. Creating emotive work through strong compositions formed around figures and structures centred within vast and powerful landscapes. He is committed to highlighting the climate crisis, inspiring people to value the landscape and take action. 

Ruairidh's work has been featured in publications such as PDN emerging Photographer, Condé Nast Traveller, Time magazine and Vogue Paris, and on contemporary photography platforms such as if you leave and iGNANT. His work has been exhibited in groups exhibitions in New York, Miami and in London.

Ruairidh is currently based in Scotland and when he's not at work, he can usually be found pursuing personal art projects or exploring the mountains.

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Selected Clients
Land Rover
Qatar Airways
M&C Saatchi
The Macallan
Tourism Ireland
LBI Digitas
The Big Partnership


The most beautiful pictures of Ladakh captured
Vogue Paris online, December 2019.

The Cruel Beauty of Winter in the Scottish Highlands

Hasselblad online, 2019. 

AINT-BAD online, February 2019.

iGNANT online, February 2019.

PDN Emerging Photographer 2019.

PDN online, 2019.

PDN Emerging Photographer 2018.

PDN online, 2018.

Critical Mass Top 50
Photolucida online, September 2018.

The most beautiful photos of Scotland captured
Vogue Paris online, March 2018.

Ruairidh McGlynn: The Skinny showcase.
The Skinny online and published, May 2018.

Apple shows off how good the iPhone 7 camera is with series of captivating night-time photos taken by users.
The Independent, online, January 2017.

“One Night on iPhone 7” Lands in the UAE
Vogue Arabia online, January 2017.

Apple’s new ‘Shot on iPhone’ billboard ads were all shot during the same night.
TechCrunch, online, January 2017.

iPhone Photography Awards Winners.
Time.com, online, June 2015.

The winners of the 2015 iPhone Photography Awards.
The Guardian, online, June 2015.

These Are The Best Photos Taken On iPhones This Year.
Huffington Post, online, June 2015.

These Award-Winning Photos From Around The World Were Taken On An iPhone.
Buzzfeed, online, June 2015.

The Best Travel Photos of the Year.
Condé Nast Traveler, online, June 2015.


VSCO - Artist Initiative Work in Progress
VSCO - Artist Initiative Journal Entry
VSCO - Artist Initiative Artist Profile

VSCO - Artist Initiative Introduction
LS Productions
iPhone Photography
Skyscanner Korea
Cabin Porn
If You Leave Showcase 2015 #123
If You Leave Showcase 2015 #93

An iPhone photographers guide to Landscapes.
Invited by Apple to provide an insight into my iPhone photography.

Apple Store, Princes Street, Edinburgh. February 2016 & Apple Store, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. September 2015.

Awards & Grants

2021- British Journal of Photography Decade of Change Winner 2021

2019- Miami Photo Festival International Emerging Photographer winner.

2018- PDN Emerging Photographer winner.

2018- Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 winner. 

2015 - Category Winner at the IPPA Awards, with a further 9 honourable mentions across 5 categories.
- VSCO Artist Initiative Grant Recipient

2015 - 5 honourable mentions at the MPA Awards

2014 - 2 honourable mentions at the MPA Awards


British Journal of Photography Decade of Change Winner 2021

A global photography award and collaborative exhibition dedicated to documenting the defining matter of our time: the climate crisis.

Work is featured online and will be presented as physical exhibitions in both Hong Kong and Climate Week in New York 2021. 

RSA Annual Exhibition 

Work exhibited as part of the annual exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy.

May 2020.

Miami Photo Festival

Work exhibited as part of the International Emerging Photography Awards 

February 2019.

Flora & Fauna
Presented by the photography website Feature Shoot 1 of 25 images selected from over 9,000 entries.
Part of the Photoville show.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City. September 2015.

One by One Texas
Invited to submit an image for a statewide art show featuring mobile photography from both local and international artists.
Austin, Texas, February 2015.

Birdie Photography conference
Image selected as part of a one day exhibition and photography conference.
Shoreditch, London. September 2014.

Here in the world: Voices of the Instagram community
Invited by Instagram to participate at their inaugural exhibition at the Photoville show.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City. September 2014.

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