My Place Photography Competition

The Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Photography Competition is a Scotland-wide built environment photography competition for school age young people (4-18).  It encourages young people to explore the buildings, architecture and archaeology in the places they live, and experiment with using photography as a means of investigation and creative expression.

Each year, entries to the My Place Photography Competition are honoured in a public exhibition – you can check out the virtual exhibition of the 2021 competition here, or see the 2021 entries in-person by visiting the My Place exhibition in Glasgow’s South Block! Winners are also announced through Scottish Civic Trust’s media channels and featured in a special leaflet – you can see the 2021 leaflet here. 

 The 2022 competition is now open for entries, and the theme is ‘My Place, My Space, My Story’. Tell us your story through the buildings, architecture and streets that shape your life. Photograph the details that inspire you, the places that spark your curiosity, or the spaces that hold important memories of your life in Scotland. For example, you could photograph:

  • A new way of looking at something ordinary, and notice details that spark your imagination, like a window that you can peek through, a building that isn’t finished yet or a crack in the pavement
  • Buildings that are part of your story; your school, your place of worship, public squares or important local buildings
  • Details from your neighbourhood; local streets, bus stops, train stations, benches, signage, bridges or pylons

Who can enter?

  • All young people (4-18) in Scotland are eligible to enter.
  • Entrants should be of either primary school age or secondary school age.
  • Entries should be made by a group leader / home educator / teacher on behalf of their young people.

The competition is divided into Primary-age, Secondary-age and Young Person’s Choice categories.

Primary-age category and Secondary-age category winners will be selected by a panel of judges. They will also nominate a few entries as either highly commended or commended.  A young person’s judging panel will select a winner of the Young Person’s Choice Award.

I’m a teacher / group leader / home educator, how can my class or group take part?

Participation is free, and the process is simple and straight forward.

To take part in the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Photography Competition you must register as a member via this website, and then submit entries on behalf of your young people. Use the member registration section on this website to get started.

Once your membership is approved, you can upload images through this website directly to the competition.

How to enter: register and submit photographs.

You will find the following guidelines in our Competition Resources page:

  Membership and Submission

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Sign up to the My Place Photography e-bulletin to be sure to get the most up to date news and information for the competition.

MPPC is supported by Historic Environment Scotland. Many thanks to our sponsors, Jessops, who promote the competition through promotion and prizes.