The Scottish Civic Trust is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 My Place Photography Competition for young people.

Conor Bolton (aged 6), Rothesay Primary school, snapped up 1st prize in the Primary School category for The Dry Keep and Amy Sheppard (aged 14), Buckie High School, won 1st prize in the Secondary School category with After the Dance.

The competition, which is an annual open opportunity for young people of school age in Scotland, aims to give children a platform to express ideas, experiences and perspectives on the heritage, buildings and archaeology around them. Each entry is presented as part of the My Place exhibition at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, from 2pm March 27 – 5pm May 4 2014.

A total of 464 photographs were submitted by young people from 29 primary and secondary schools across 15 local authority areas in Scotland. All photographs were viewed by a distinguished panel of judges: Ian Walford, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland; Sylvia Grace Borda, award winning Canadian-UK artist and lecturer; Robin McClory, Architect and Director of ADF Architects; Learning and Access specialist May McGurk of Glasgow Museums; and the Scottish Civic Trust’s very own Steve Brady, Trust Manager.

Steve Brady, Trust Manager, said: ‘This year’s crop of photographs was of a very high standard. The competition goes from strength to strength and has grown into one of the Scottish Civic Trust’s most impactful projects.’

Ian Walford, Chief Executive, Historic Scotland said: ‘The entries fully lived up to my expectations; they formed a stunning collection of work from 4 year olds to 18 year olds.’

Sylvia Grace Borda, artist said: ‘The high quality of photo work submitted illustrates how each participant is acutely aware of the built environment, but more so how youth are defining, and adding value to communities and the places we call home.’

See HERE for online showcase of images or visit

Exhibition venue:

My Place, Scottish Civic Trust

The Lighthouse, Level 5, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU

27 March – 4 May 2014

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm

Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm



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By Ricky Kelly

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