LAST month, Scots freelance photographer, Ian MacNicol, had one of his images from last year’s Olympic Games in London named as the best swimming photograph of 2012.
The accolade came from FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and open water swimming.
The Glasgow photographer’s victorious image was of South African, Chad le Clos, winning gold in the 200 metre butterfly.
Runner-up was the USA’s Al Bello, arguably the world’s best-known swimming photographer.
MacNicol’s several other awards include being twice Scottish Sports Photographer of the Year.
Here, he explains the story behind…