Photo Competition

GNHS and the Institute will be organizing a second photographic competition this year with £800 worth of prizes to be won.  Please note that this year there is no explicit linkage with SCENE, but obviously photographs related to SCENE remain very welcome.

Joint with the Glasgow Natural History Society and the Institute

The aims of the competition are to promote an interest in natural history and the work of the Institute, and to promote a greater linkage between GNHS and the Institute, and to provide photographs useful for publicity.

Entry is restricted to members of GNHS, students on our undergraduate (Zoology, Animal Biology, Marine and Freshwater Biology) and graduate degree programs and staff of the Institute.

Entries should be submitted by 31st October 2012.  Entries should have a natural history / biodiversity content,  i.e. featuring animals, birds or plants,  and / or the work of researchers and natural historians in science – e.g. work in a lab,  students on field courses etc.  All photos should have been taken in Scotland,  or on University expeditions including abroad, or on GNHS excursions.  At least one picture should have been taken since October 31st,  2011.

Entries should be submitted digitally (at high resolution, >6 megapixels) to Lorna Kennedy on CD,  DVD, pen-drive or by e-mail ( ) as high quality jpegs (or other widely used digital formats) suitable for printing. Entries will be limited to 5 per entrant.

Images must be accompanied by a note detailing when the image was taken, with what equipment, and detailing any digital enhancement. Simple digital enhancements are allowed,  but must be declared,  e.g. cropping,  boosting contrast or sharpness,  but whole scale alteration of pictures,  such as superimposition of one picture on another, is not allowed. Panoramas consisting of more than one picture are acceptable.

Permission must be given to the organizers to use submitted images for non-commercial purposes for 5 years. The copyright holder may continue to use the images for his/her own purposes. , Entries should be submitted digitally by high quality jpeg suitable for printing,  at least 6 megapixels.  Up to four prizes will be awarded by a judging committee,  on the combined basis of photographic,  artistic, and biological interest. The judging committee will be drawn from GNHS and the Institute. The judges will be looking for images which have impact. Judges and their immediate family members will be ineligible to enter the competition.

The total prize fund will be £800 per year, paid for jointly by GNHS and the Institute. First prize will attract £400, second £200 and third and fourth £100 each. Winning entries will be published in the Glasgow Naturalist.