Urban Award

Awarded to the single highest scoring image entered into the urban category of competition. Entrants may enter multiple images in this category.

Accolades in this category

  • Winner
  • Runner up
  • Highly commended
  • Commended

What are we looking for?

We are looking for views of Scotland’s urban places, towns, villages and cities. Images of people and animals may be included but should not be posed or the main subject.

Criteria permitted for this category

You may submit:

  • Architectural vistas and city skylines, architectural facades, quaint villages or towns.
  • People & animals in the view but not posed.
  • Iconic structures, transport features, railways etc

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Criteria not permitted for this category

Entrants should not submit

  • Images of private properties without the owner’s permission
  • Images that see through windows of private residences. no images of people inside homes
  • Images from inside shopping centres, shop fronts etc
  • Images of restricted government or military installations
  • Images of schools or playgrounds
  • Urbex – images from inside ruins or derelict buildings unless permission has been obtained.

Acceptable media

Images may be captured on digital, film or any alternative photographic process but must be submitted in digital format.

Preliminary judging stages – all images to be submitted in JPG format, maximum 2000px on the long side, 72ppi Adobe.

Final round judging stage – RAW and/or original JPGs will be required.

Digital Adjustments and Processing

Digital adjustments are allowed for this category but the integrity of the subject must be maintained. In other words, digital adjustments may be used to make corrections and basic enhancements such as balancing shadows and highlights, removing artefacts etc. Digital adjustments should not be used in a way that alters the subject – e.g. adding/removing items, over-saturation, using plugins to add artificial sunlight, mist etc.

Converting digital images to black and white is permitted.

Respecting the landscape & the right roam.

We respectfully ask that when taking your images you show care for the environment and respect the interests of others. When out and about taking your photographs for the competition, we ask that you abide by the Scottish Country Access Code. Links to the Country Code are listed below.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Trespass Laws & SOAC

Photographers should be aware that Trespass is an offence in Scotland

Please read our page on Scottish trespass laws.