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Minister encourages youngsters to capture Scotland's heritage on film

14 September 2006

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport today encouraged schoolchildren to take part in PhotoArch, the national photography competition for young people interested in heritage.

All across Europe children will be taking part in similar competitions and the winning entries will be published by as part of the International Heritage Photographic Experience.

Ms Ferguson said: “PhotoArch is about encouraging children to engage with the history that surrounds them and discovering how they see heritage represented in their communities and throughout Scotland as a whole.

“This is the first time the competition is open to all primary school pupils and I am sure that the entries will show what a wealth of talent there is across the country.

“I look forward to seeing the entries and how the young people of Scotland view their history.”

The competition is designed for primary school aged children and allows them to express their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on the heritage that surrounds them.

Schools have until September 29, 2006, to register to enter and photographs must be received before October 27.

PhotoArch is part of European Heritage Days and the International Heritage Photographic Experience and is coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust.

The Minister added: “Throughout September pupils can take advantage of Scottish Archaeology Month and Doors Open Days to get access to places they may not usually be able to and give them ample opportunities to take pictures.

“There is an incredible variety of sites taking part this year, from places steeped in history to modern buildings that have added greatly to the communities they are part of.”

The two Scottish winners and their schools will receive a digital camera each and have their work published alongside the European finalists in the International Heritage Photographic Experience catalogue.

Competition rules and photography tips are available at www.photoarch.org.uk.


Notes to editors
  • Electronic images of last year’s winners are available from Lesley Brown at Lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
  • A digital and paper copy of each image must be submitted. Entries can be in colour or black and white.
  • Judges will be appointed by the Scottish Civic Trust and Historic Scotland, their decision is final.
  • 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.
  • For details of how to enter visit www.photoarch.org.uk or contact the Scottish Civic Trust directly on 0141 221 1466
  • The Scottish Civic Trust coordinates PhotoArch and Doors Open Days and The Council for Scottish Archaeology coordinates Scottish Archaeology Month as part of European Heritage Days, funded by Historic Scotland. For more information about the events visit www.doorsopendays.org.uk and www.scottisharchaeologymonth.com.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk