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).

It encourages children to look at their heritage in the places they live, and through the medium of photography, develop an understanding of the things around them.

Pictured here are the 2018 Winners with their winning prints (thanks to Donald Macleod) – the competition is divided into Primary, Secondary and Young Person’s Choice categories.

The Competition for 2019 will be judged during March, and the winners will be awarded their certificates and prints at a ceremony at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on the morning of 25th April 2019.

About The Competition

The Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Photography Competition is a heritage photographic competition for young people of school age in Scotland.

The Competition for 2019 is open to enter from 21st January 2019.  The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd February 2019. 

What is the My Place Photography Competition?

It is aimed at encouraging young people to explore their built environments in a creative way using photography as means of investigation and creative expression.

The My Place Photography Competition forms part of Scotland’s contribution to the International Heritage Photographic Experience supported by the Council of Europe as part of Our Common Heritage initiative.

The project is supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

We are really pleased that in 2019 the project is again sponsored by Jessops, who actively support the competition through promotion and prizes.

  In photography the smallest thing can be the greatest subject 

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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.

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 22nd February 2019.

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