My Place Photography Competition

The Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Photography Competition is a Scotland-wide heritage photographic project for school age young people (4-18). The theme for submissions this year is WATER. Think built heritage around beaches, rain, puddles, drainpipes, canals, bridges and more!

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.

The competition is divided into Primary, Secondary and Young Person’s Choice categories. Each year, winners of the My Place Photography Competition are honoured at a reception at The Lighthouse, Glasgow in late April. Entries to the My Place Photo Competition will also be featured in an exhibition at The Lighthouse that will run from late April – early June, 2020.

The 2020 competition is open for submissions! Our theme for this year’s competition is WATER, to tie in with the Scottish Government’s Year of Coasts and Waters. The deadline to submit photos is 11:59pm, 16 February 2020.

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.

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


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The competition is open for entries to 11:59pm, 16 February 2020.

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.