Monochrome Award

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The Monochrome Award


This category for the best monochrome image.

Please note, all images in this category are also eligible for the Overall, Landscape, Seascape and Urban awards.


Overall Winner
Runner Up
Highly commended x 2
Commended x 4

Winner – £100, signed copy of book, image at major exhibition
Runner Up – Signed copy of book, image at major exhibition.

Highly commended, commended – image at major exhibition


What are the judges looking for?

The judges will be looking for images of the Scottish landscape, seascape or urbanscape in a single mono tone. We will be particularly looking for images that show skill in enhancing the subject using techniques such as dodging, burning, filters, high-key, low-key, toning such as sepia, cyanotype, split toning etc. Please note: Monochrome is not restricted to black & white images. Monochrome may be any single colour image.

Some example images below (click the thumbnails to enlarge):

Please note: The Scottish mountains, coasts and landscape for all itsbeauty can be a dangerous place and you should not take risks, endanger yourself or others in pursuit of your images. You should always be aware of tides and any hazards in and around our coastlines. If photographing in a CalMac port or any other area, you must not put yourself or others in danger.

The following should be used as a rough guide as to what we are looking for:

  1. Wide vistas such as sweeping beaches, sea lochs, views of rugged cliffs.
  2. Images depicting the character and lifestyle of Scotland. People may be included as long as they are not closeups or posed.
  3. Animals as part of the image, undisturbed and in natural surroundings. No closeups or posed.
  4. Seaside towns and ports, buildings as part of the seascape such as castles, ruins, bridges etc.
  5. Images of the landscape of the islands, mountain ranges etc.
  6. Objects as part of the seascape such as boats, standing stones, historical relics.

We are not however looking for the following:

  1. Images of privately owned stately homes.
  2. Images of government buildings, installations or naval ships.

Acceptable media

Both film and digital images are allowed but your submissions should be in digital jpg format only via the competition website. Film images may be submitted from scans of transparency, negative or print. Film images should be processed as per “digital adjustments and processing” section.

Digital Adjustments and Processing

A wide range of digital adjutements are allowed and there are no limits but your images should maintain the intergirty of the subject. are no limits but should be kept within reason and should not alter or affect the integrity of the image.

The following digital adjustments are acceptable:

  • Dust spot removal
  • Curves & levels, Shadows/Highlights
  • Contrast
  • Sharpening
  • Cropping – cropped image must be acceptable quality at A4 on the long side without interpolation (digital upscaling)
  • White balance correction
  • Colour balance changes
  • Digital ND grads
  • Exposure changes
  • Global and local saturation
  • Dodging and burning
  • Stitch panoramas
  • Multiple exposures – images must be taken at same time and place
  • HDR allowed
  • Blending images from a bracket sequence allowed

Unacceptable digital adjustments

  • Adding, moving or removing elements from your image. e.g cloning in clouds, trees etc
  • Composites and montages of more than one image
  • Blending multiple images from different times of the day
  • Focus stacking


Respecting the environment.

A key aspect of the SLPOTY ethos is to show care for the environment and to respect the interests of others. When out and about taking your photographs for the competition, we respectfully ask that you abide by the Scottish Country Access Code. Links to the Country Code are listed below.

Country Code Summary

Country Code in Full