The Young Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

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The title “Young Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year” is an open category, open to amateur photographers and students, and shall be awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the judges, has submitted the best single image.

Entrants must be 17 years of age and below on the closing date of the competition to be eligible to enter this category. Each young photographer is allowed a maximum entry of 3 images. (Multiple entries are not allowed – i.e. each photographer may only enter once).

The image should be of the following:

A landscape
A seascape
An urban landscape (Wider processing techniques allowed)

What will we be looking for?

We are looking for classic images that show off the Scottish landscape at its very best. Your images may be comprised of iconic views, different takes on iconic views or new and unseen views of the Scottish landscape. Your images may be anything from a wide sweeping vista of a mountain range to a small fishing village, a large city view or classic view of a Scottish Island.

Your images should comprise good subject, composition and light but your images do not need to be technically perfect or taken on the most expensive cameras. On the contrary, some of the very best photographs ever taken are not technically perfect or were captured on very basic equipment so please bear this in mind. It is more important that your images capture the essence of the landscape and evoke a feeling and by submitting three images per portfolio, it will demonstrate you didn’t just get a lucky shot.

Can I submit images taken previously?

Yes, you may submit images taken up to 6 years prior to the competition start date.

Can I submit images that have been awarded in other competitions or published in other media?

Yes, provided that you have not assigned any copyright or exclusive rights to your images. Please see the T&Cs section.

Can I submit images on film or print?

You may enter images taken on film but they must be scanned and sent as jpgs via the competition website. Please see the T&Cs section.

Critique and opinion:

Before submitting your images, we recommend that you get your friends and colleagues to review or critique your images. In addition, posting your images to social media websites and asking for comments or shares is an excellent way to gauge the quality of your images. If many people like your images then it is an excellent indicator that your images are attractive.

Images taken previously:

If you already have images you wish to enter, then these must have been taken within 6 years of the competition start date. You may also enter images that have been entered in other competitions or published in magazines, news papers etc., so long as you have not signed away exclusive rights or licence to your images.


Inspiration for your images may be drawn from music, poetry or a visit to a museum or art gallery. The works of Robert Burns for example may inspire you to capture an image along the lines of one of his poems. Make a point of visiting an art gallery to gain an appreciation of how artists compose and capture light. Inspiration can also be found in tourist guide books and of course there are many excellent photographers to draw inspiration from. The works of pioneering photographers such as Ansel Adams or Galen Rowell provide a great inspiration to many photographers.

The following may be also helpful when taking your image:

  1. Wide vistas such as a snow topped mountain ranges, glens, lochs, rivers etc.
  2. Seasonal images from national country parks and estates. e.g snowdrop and bluebell woods, autumn trees etc.
  3. People and animals can add interest but please do not submit images that are deliberately posed or are closeup portraits.
  4. Buildings may add interest as part of the landscape. e.g. castles, ruins, bridges etc.
  5. Objects as part of the landscape such as boats, standing stones, historical relics.

Please do not submit:

  1. Images of privately owned stately homes unless permission is obtained.
  2. Images of restricted government buildings or military installations.
  3. Posed images or portraits
  4. Elements introduced or repositioned in the composition. e.g. moving stones, trees etc into a composition.

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 colour transparency, black and white or colour negatives. Film images should be processed as per “digital adjustments and processing” section. Further details will be provided prior to the submission date.

Digital Adjustments and Processing

Digital adjustments are allowed but should be kept within reason and should not alter or affect the integrity of the image. In the event you are shortlisted you will be asked to produce the RAW file(s), the original scan or the original film media.

Exception for urban images: Wider processing techniques will be allowed in the Urban Category. Please see the urban category page for details.

The following digital adjustments are acceptable:

  • Dust spot removal
  • Curves & levels – minor adjustments
  • Contrast – within reason
  • Sharpening – within reason
  • Converting to black and white acceptable
  • Cropping – cropped image must be acceptable quality at A4 without interpolation (digital upscaling)
  • White balance correction – within reason.
  • Colour balance changes – within reason
  • Digital ND grads – within reason
  • Exposure changes – +/- 1 stop only
  • Global and local saturation – minimal
  • Dodging and burning – within reason
  • 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

Any of the above may be subject to change, addition or removal at any point but prior notice will be made in the event.

Respecting the landscape.

We respectfully ask that when taking your images you show care for the environment and respect the interests of others. When out and about taking your photographs for the competition, we 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