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, winners of the My Place Photography Competition are honoured at a reception and their entries are displayed in a public exhibition. This year, the reception and exhibition have been postponed, hopefully to be held in September 2020. Further details on venue and dates will be forthcoming.

The theme for submissions this year was WATER. We received some great shots of built heritage around beaches, rain, puddles, drainpipes, canals, bridges and more! Sneak a peek at some of the entries here.

Winners of the 2020 competition have been announced! Click below to view:

Who can enter?

  • All young people of school age (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 or teacher on behalf of their young people.

All entries will be placed in an online gallery and displayed in a public exhibition.

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

Primary Category and Secondary 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 / youth group leader, 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:

  Registering as a new member

  Submitting new entries


Register Now


The competition for 2021 has not yet been opened for entries – watch this space!

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.