Photo-SCENE 2014 - Natural History Photographic Competition

Sponsored by the Glasgow Natural History Society (GNHS) and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

£800 of prizes

Closing date: 31st October 2014

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The GNHS and the Institute is organising a photographic competition this year with the aim to promote an interest in natural history and the work of the Institute, promote a greater linkage between GNHS and the Institute, and to provide photographs useful for publicity. Entry is restricted to members of GNHS, and students and staff of the Institute (including affiliates and associates).

Winning entries will be published in the Glasgow Naturalist.

Entry rules

  • 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.
  • Entries will be limited to 5 per entrant, and must be accompanied by a note detailing when the image was taken, with what equipment, and 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 organisers 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.
  • All photos should have been taken in Scotland, or on University expeditions including abroad, or on GNHS excursions.
  • An additional suggested theme for this year (not compulsory, but might give your photographic efforts a local focus) is that of the new Kelvin Biodiversity Network, about which a note is appended.


Entries should be submitted by 31st October 2014, and have been taken in the last 2 years to this date.

Entries should be submitted to Joyce Fyfe. Entries should be submitted digitally by high quality jpeg suitable for printing, with prizes likely to be awarded to images comprising at least 6 megapixels. (This means in practice 3072 x 2048 pixels or similar, enough for printing to A4 at 300 dots per inch).

If in doubt about whether an image would be acceptable, please send questions to David Palmar or Dan Haydon.


First published: 18 October 2014