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 exhibition of the 2020 competition here! Winners are also announced through Scottish Civic Trust’s media channels and featured in a special leaflet – you can see the 2020 leaflet here. 

The 2021 Competition is now open for entries! In light of COVID-19 and the most recent lockdown, the deadline for entries has been extended to 11:59pm, 29th August 2021.

The theme for submissions to the 2021 competition is CLIMATE CHANGE. We’ve supplied some initial ideas to get you started:

  • It is always more environmentally friendly to use an existing building than to build a new one. You could: photograph old buildings that are still used and loved.
  • Older buildings can be adapted with modern technologies to make them more energy efficient.You could: photograph adaptations like solar panels or double-glazed windows.
  • The effects of climate change (rising water levels, increased rainfall and more extreme storms) threaten our buildings and archaeological sites with flooding and erosion. You could: photograph a site at risk or that has been damaged due to climate change or intense storms.

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 / home educator / teacher on behalf of their young people.

All entries will be placed in an online gallery.

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 / 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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The competition for 2021 is now open for entries! 

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.