Young photographers represent Scotland in European exhibition
16 January 2007
The two winners of Scotland’s national heritage photography competition PhotoArch
met Culture Minister Patricia Ferguson MSP to receive their prizes today.
Steven Grant (8) from Caithness and Amy McLay (10) from Midlothian were chosen from
more than 400 entries to the PhotoArch competition. The competition was open to all primary school aged
children and attracted entries from 44 schools from across Scotland.
Their winning entries will now be seen in exhibitions in over 35 countries throughout
the World as Scotland’s contribution to the International Heritage Photographic Experience.
Ms Ferguson said: “I would like to congratulate Steven and Amy on winning PhotoArch
2006. The judges faced a difficult task as not only was there an impressive response to the competition
in its first year as a national competition, but the standard was incredibly high.
“PhotoArch is a wonderful opportunity to see our heritage through the eyes of young
people. The different approaches taken by the entrants and the variety of subject matter clearly shows
that people are attracted to different aspects of our historic environment and we owe it to future generations
to preserve it.
“I am very proud that Steven and Amy will be representing Scotland in the International
Heritage Photographic Experience and hope there success will inspire more young people to take part
in PhotoArch next year.”
All of the Scottish entries can be viewed online at www.photoarch.org.uk
the competition website created and sponsored by internet design company The Radiator.
Both winners received Historic Scotland Family Membership and a digital camera for
themselves and one for their school.
Amy said: "When I was told me I had won the competition I couldn't believe
it. I loved Rosslyn Chapel and would like to visit it again."
Steven added: “I thought the sky looked really blue and the church was bright white
so I took the photograph. I was really pleased with the photograph and happy that the judges liked
After the presentation, Steven, Amy and their families will go on a tour of Edinburgh
Notes to editors
Electronic images of the prize giving will be available from 3.30pm on 16/01/07.The
winning photographs are already available from Lesley Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes from the judges are also available from Lesley Brown.
Steven Grant’s entry was submitted by Reay Primary School and Amy McLay’s by Rosewell
PhotoArch is an annual competition coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and is
open to all primary school children. It encourages young people to take an interest in buildings, heritage
and archaeology. Schools were encouraged to use Doors Open Days in September as an opportunity to take
photographs of buildings not normally open to the public. Doors Open Days is part of Scotland’s contribution
to European Heritage Days. It is funded by Historic Scotland and coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust.
The judging panel was headed by Ray Entwistle, chair of the Scottish Civic Trust,
and included John Graham, chief executive of Historic Scotland, and Chris Hutchison, Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with
safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers
and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
Competition rules, photography tips and entry details for this year’s competition
are available at www.photoarch.org.uk