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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.

2018 Winners announced!

2018 winners MPPC

well done to Amy, Anna, and Nicholas.  And to all the commended and highly commended award winners.

Please visit the Lighthouse to see the accompanying exhibition which runs from 20th March to 15th April (inclusive)

Award Winners:



Wildlife by Amy Lieberman (17)

"I was so surprised and delighted for my picture to be chosen. It was a great experience working towards this project, the class have found it to be a creative and exciting project. This award gives me confidence to keep following my passion for photography and convinces me that I can do it!"

Highly Commended:

Urban by Eoin Graham (17)

Swish by Catherine McCormack (17)

Doorway of the Past by Julie-Anne Ogilvie (16)

Building Reflection by Laura Hood (17)




Mount Florida Primary School, Glasgow - Perfect Sunlit Church by Anna Skrzypek (9)

I was excited to enter the My Place photo competition. Our teacher took us to places near our school. I took lots of pictures in different angles before I decided. I chose this photo because I liked the lighting, the angle and the shapes.

Highly Commended:

Follow the Rainbow Road by Robyn Neil (11)


Caprington in the Mist by Laura Mitchell (11)

Grate View by Lucas Gray (8)

Right on Time by Brooke McDonald (11)


Young Persons Choice #YOYP2018


Isolation by Nicholas Waterson-Boyd (17)

Judges comments:

I just really like this picture, the use of the urban surroundings and the idea of being completely surrounded by people, yet so alone, really captures my imagination.  The clouds are so moody and it definitely adds something.  The composition is incredible - the sky and snow almost make the urban area look like a line, the bustling city amongst silence.- Ciara Spalding, Year of Young People Ambassador


This photograph encapsulates the intimacy between the individual and his urban heritage.  The paradox of solitude and collectiveness is poignant and highlights the social aspects of intense urbanisation. The photo beautifully blends the lurid colours of the built environment with the natural colour of the snow and skyline.  - Glenn Mills, Scotland's Urban Past Forum


I chose this because the picture was in focus, it felt like the city goes on for ever and the snow really made it feel like he was somewhere different from everything he was looking at, alone. - Matthew Campbell, Primary Winner 2017

All entries to the My Place Photography Competition must be submitted by a group leader or teacher on behalf of young people; individual entries cannot be accepted.  

Sign up now to become a member HERE   and participate in the competition this year.

If you registered previously we will already have your details so you can enter your students' work on their behalf.  


View, download and begin using our learning resources aimed at making the built environment and photography more accessible to young people and teachers HERE

The project is supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

The project is sponsored by Jessops who actively support the competition through promotion and prizes.

My Place Photography Competition forms part of the International Heritage Photographic Experience, supported by the Council of Europe as part of Our Common Heritage initiative.


For more information or help contact

Nicola Godsal, Project Officer at 

Sponsorship for My Place Photography Competition

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In recognition of the Year of Young People 2018 we are running an additional prize category this year, Young Person's Choice. The judging panel is made up of Young People, including the winners of Primary and Secondary MPPC categories in 2017.