Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge – Now Closed.

The Scotland Magazine Photo Challenge 2018 is now closed. Winners will be printed in issue #101, which publishes on 26 October (UK) and 11 December (International).

Photographic Format

Photographs must be taken in digital format, must be high resolution (300 dpi) and should be sufficiently large to allow for the image to be reproduced in print at A4 size or above. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest quality setting.

Image files should be provided as Jpegs and EXIF data (showing camera, lens and picture settings) intact if possible.

The file names should be formatted in the following way:

Image Location – Entrant Name – Entrant Class (Amateur or Pro) – Entered Category (See below) – Camera – Lens

Example: Eilean Donan Castle – John Smith – Amateur – History-Castles – Nikon D750.jpg

Each entrant should also upload a text document with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Country of residence
  • Email address
  • Details of all images entered, following the same format as the file names.


Animals and plant life, Landscape, Water, Other

Castles, Historic Houses, Monuments, Other

City Life, Country Life, Other


Judging Criteria

  • Focus. The image should be sharp, unless blur is an intentional effect.
  • Light. The use of light is key to a good photograph and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good light’, e.g. stormy, early morning, dusk.
  • Composition. This is very subjective. A great photograph will include a combination of the emotion the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken, the time of the day, the subject, the light and much more. All this can lift a picture above the ordinary.
  • Originality. The angle of the photograph or, indeed, the subject – whatever the end result, the judges will be impressed by your originality of thought and execution.


Header Image: Photogtapher – Michael Hart. Subject: Champion Piper Neil Clark.