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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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