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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, 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 it too”.

After the presentation, Steven, Amy and their families will go on a tour of Edinburgh Castle.

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

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 Primary School.

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 photographer.

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

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873