Non eligible locations/images

Over the past 3 years, the number images that have been entered from honeypot locations has increased to the extent that almost 80% of the images we receive are from these same few locations. If this trend continues, then within a few years, almost all images would come from the same locations. To showcase the diversity of Scotland’s landscapes, therefore, it is necessary to exclude certain locations from the Competition and from 2021 onwards, the following images are not eligible.

FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT – these locations are not excluded permanently. This Competition is not about profit – i.e. taking thousands of images from the same location to rack up entry fees and you as the photographer has less chance of winning. The aim of this rule is to encourage photographers to challenge themselves to seek out new locations and inspire others to do so too. The more diverse your images, the better your chance of winning. Therefore, when the Competition starts receiving a more balanced entry, we shall re-introduce some of the lcations below at a later date.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IMAGES OF THE FOLLOWING
Glen CoeBuachaille Etive MorLagangarbh HutBlack Rock Cottage
The Fairy Pools, SkyeOld Man of Storr, SkyeElgol, SkyeNeist Point
Luskentyre BeachKilchurn CastleCorpach Boat, Loch LinnheStac Polly
The Devil’s PulpitRattray LighthouseCloch LighthouseForth Bridges
Loch RuskieRiverside GlasgowEdinburgh Castle

We realise this may not be popular with some entrants, but the breakdown should provide a better understanding of why we need to exclude these images..

NOTES
1. Figures are based on images entered before judging
2. Figures are estimates based on large samples but largely accurate.

DIVERSITY OF LOCATIONS SUBMITTED BY ENTRANT TYPE
1. Overseas entrants – most diverse (greater than 90%)
2. UK entrants – least diverse (approx 20%)
3. Female – moderately diverse (approx 40%)
4. Male – least diverse (approx 20%)

LAND AREA OF SCOTLAND = 30,420 SQUARE MILES

80% of images entered are of/from 4% of the land area, at these locations:

Skye – 639 sq miles
Glen Coe – 35 sq miles
Harris – 235 sq miles
Assynt & Coigach – 501 sq miles

IMAGES WITH CASTLES
There are 1500 Castles in Scotland.
Only 14 castles have ever been entered.
2 castles make up 90% of entries – Edinburgh & Kilchurn castles.
(Note: Eilean Donan castle, dubbed the “most instagrammed castle” has been entered approx 20 times.)

IMAGES OF SEASCAPES
Scotland has 11,602 miles of coastline, including its islands
Approx 70% of seascapes are of/from – Luskentyre & Elgol

IMAGES OF LIGHTHOUSES
There are 207 lighthouses in Scotland
Only 11 lighthouses have ever been entered since 2014.
Almost 90% of lighthouses are of – Cloch, Neist Point & Rattray Head lighthouses

IMAGES OF BOTHIES, RUINS & CROFTS
There are 1000s of bothies, ruins and crofts.
Almost all images of a “bothy” are of Lagangarbh hut or Black Rock Cottage

IMAGES OF MOUNTAINS
There are 282 Munros, 221 Corbetts & 291 Grahams in Scotland.
Almost 60% of mountain images are of the same mountain – Buachaille Etive Mor
Approx 20% are of Stac Polly

IMAGES OF BOATS
Almost all images of boats are of Loch Ruskie & the Corpach boat at Loch Linnhe.

IMAGES OF URBAN LANDSCAPES
Approx half of all urban images are of 2 views. The River Clyde long exposures/reflections & Edinburgh rooftops

IMAGES OF BRIDGES
There are 2029 bridges in Scotland
95% of bridge images we receive are of the Forth Bridges