Photo Competition

Photo Competitions

Scotland's landscape is rich with the history of farming communities and their settlements. Until relatively recently generations of self-sufficient rural communities farmed the land and helped to shape the appearance of the countryside we see today. The evidence of their rural way of life is rapidly disappearing and their stories being forgotten, but we can still find clues to this past in the fading remains of the thousands of abandoned farmsteads, townships and landscapes they left behind, as well as in more subtle signs that can still be read in the landscape.

You can take part in an exciting national project to help save this rural past. We are looking for photographs that best capture the historic rural landscape today to help us record it before it disappears forever. Members of the public are invited to submit their photographs of historic rural settlements and landscapes, or any other aspect of what Scotland’s rural past means to them.



Three photographs will be chosen every month and will be featured on our website homepage for that month. At the end of the year, the three overall best photographs will be selected by the RCAHMS Chairman. The prizes will include:

The opportunity to join the RCAHMS Aerial Survey team on a working flight recording sites and monuments from 2000 feet above Scotland*

Professionally printed postcards of the winning photographs for use by the winners and Scotland’s Rural Past.

A free RCAHMS publication of the winners’ choice

The monthly winning entries will be announced on our website. The overall winners will be announced at the Scotland’s Rural Past workshop in October 2008 and publicised in the national media.

Entry details

The Photographic Competition will be launched on 14 October 2007. Entries will be accepted on and after that date. The closing date will be 10 October 2008.

Images should be of historic rural settlements or landscapes within Scotland, or should aim to capture what Scotland’s rural past means to the entrant.

Entry is free and you may enter up to five images each month.

Photographs should be no more than 2MB in size and scanned images should be no more than 1800x1200 pixels or 4MB. Please send us your entries by email or via our website Photographic Competition submission form. For each entry please include you name, address, and photograph caption including the name of the site or location. If entering material on someone else’s behalf make sure you have obtained their permission and include their details.

Scotland’s Rural Past cannot accept any responsibility for late or lost entries.

Entrants must ensure that all the necessary permissions are obtained from people featured in a photograph.

Please do not place a digital signature or any other identifying mark on your entry.

Please include a location, title and brief description for each photograph submitted as well as details of the type of camera used.

Winning photographs will be selected by the Scotland’s Rural Past team at the end of every month and by the RCAHMS Chairman at the end of the year. Winners will be notified by email and the results posted on the website each month.

The decision of the judges will be final.

Entrants submitting digital files using the online entry form should print and keep a copy of their online entry form as proof of entry. 

Use of Images

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the photographer/originator and any subsequent use of an image by SRP will be credited to them. Images submitted to the competition may be used for promotional purposes including in any media such as future competitions, exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the Scotland’s Rural Past project.

 *Conditions of the flight

The aerial survey teams uses a single engined Cessna 172.

Weight restrictions apply: there will be an upper limit of 13 stone because of implications for loading in this small aircraft

Because of the logistics of arranging survey work and the vagaries of the weather, the prize will be available over a year and the winner will have to expect to be flexible in fitting in with the survey teams plans

The winner will be expected to arrange their own transport to and from an airport – to be arranged, but options are likely to include Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Oban or Perth

The aircraft is operated by an Air Operator Certificate holder overseen by the Civil Aviation Authority and insurance is carried

The winner should check with their life insurance etc. that a ‘pleasure’ flight in a small aircraft is not an exclusion

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