Capture Edinburgh Photography Competition

Capture Edinburgh Photography Competition Release Date 21 November 2016

This is an opportunity for local Edinburgh photographers and students studying photography in Edinburgh to be part of a major exhibition which will be held at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh during the summer months of 2017.  

For the first time, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Museum and Galleries Service will be bringing together a vast array of artefacts from their combined collections into one major temporary exhibition. On display will be items spanning our acclaimed archaeology, fine and applied art, childhood, literary and social history collections. The exhibition has been arranged to coincide with the Scottish Government’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, and will be packed with objects that will intrigue, enthuse and delight visitors.

To make it accessible for everyone, the exhibition has been designed around the alphabet. We’ve chosen themes for each letter around which to group the exhibits, which allows for a display of huge variety and colour – everything from historic shop signs and Colourist paintings to toy cars, umbrellas and underwear! Everything in the exhibition has some connection to Edinburgh, so it is sure to stir the memories of our local visitors and inspire those from further afield. The exhibition will span four floors of the City Art Centre and will run from mid May to early October 2017.

Many of the objects on show come from collections which have been ‘Recognised’ by the Scottish Government as being of national and international importance. This is an opportunity for the winning photographs to be seen in a major public exhibition, providing a contemporary context to the historic objects on display.

There are six categories, chosen especially to complement some of the themes in the exhibition. The winning entries from each category will have their photographs enlarged and used in the display.


1    After Dark – Street scenes, city vistas, hidden corners.
2    Changing City – Aspects of the city that are changing or in danger of being lost altogether.  Documenting a city in transition.
3   On the Inside – interiors of restaurants, pubs, churches, homes, offices, etc
4    Festivals  and Event City – Winter Festivals, Fringe and summer Festival documentation, Book, Jazz, Film, Science, Food Festivals, and major events hosted by the capital.
5    In all Weathers – Edinburgh in the wind, in the snow, in the rain, in the haar, in shadow, in the sunshine, with dull and leaden skies, with bright skies, through the showers, etc.  Shadows and atmosphere.
6   Fashion and Retail – Photographs of fashionistas, old and young style icons, those in fashion and those not. The shopping experience, unique or quirky shops, new or old shops, shop windows, shop interiors, Old and New Town, Stockbridge or Morningside, Craigmillar or Corstorphine and interesting places in between.


Your work will be displayed in a public space amongst ‘Recognised’ museum and gallery collections as part of this City Art Centre Exhibition.

You will be credited on the Acknowledgements Panel within the exhibition

You and a guest will be invited to the Private View of the exhibition on Thursday 18 May.

Your work will be promoted across all City of Edinburgh Council channels and on our website.

A separate press call will be organised profiling your work.

Competition Guidelines

1.  To enter you must like and follow our City Art Centre Facebook page. Post your entry on our City Art Centre Facebook page using the hashtag #CaptureEdinburgh.  Only one entry per category will be accepted.  On your Facebook post state the title of your photograph, location taken and the category you are entering, also using the following hashtag. 


If you have your own photography page we will share that.

2.  You must also post a paper copy (no need for a quality print at this stage, just something for us to reference at judging stage) to the following address:
Margaret Findlay
Capture Edinburgh Photography Competition
Learning and Programmes
City Art Centre
2 Market Street

Please note, if we do not receive a paper copy, your entry will not be accepted.

3. On the back of the hard copy write your:
Contact Details
Name of Photograph
Category you are entering, from:
After Dark
Changing City
On the Inside
Festivals and Event City
In all Weathers
Fashion and Retail

4. The judging panel will consist of a panel of curators and experts in the photography field.

5. The winners will submit their photograph in high resolution digitally and we will cover the banner production costs. Preference will be given to portrait formats but we will accept landscape photographs. We reserve the right to crop images to fit the exhibition display. Any crops will be agreed with the photographer.

6. No photographs taken on a mobile phone can be accepted. This is because we will be enlarging the images substantially in the exhibition. We will need winning images submitted as TIFF files at 300 dpi.

7. By submitting a photograph to Capture Edinburgh photo competition, you give permission to City of Edinburgh Council to re-use the image free of charge in promotional material and in this exhibition. Images will be appropriately credited.

8.  To facilitate the highest quality printing of winning photographs the City Art Centre will contact winning photographers to obtain original image files. The size of printed photographs may depend on the resolution of the original photograph. This will have no impact a photographs chances of winning.

9. The Competition will run from 1 December to 31 January 2017. Judging will take place in early February 2017.The winning photographers will be notified by Friday 17 February 2017.

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