News provided by Scottish Civic Trust on Thursday 26th May 2022

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Photography Competition is an annual competition that encourages young people aged 4-18 to use photography to explore the buildings, architecture and archaeology in the places they live. The theme for the 2022 competition was My Place, My Space, My Story, as part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Stories.

The winning and highly commended entries were announced at a ceremony on 25 May at South Block in Glasgow City Centre.

Ruby Ionides from North Walls Community School, Orkney won the Primary-age category for their photograph ‘White Wood Window and Reflections’.

Louise Mcintyre from Kilsyth Academy, North Lanarkshire won the Secondary-age category for their photograph ‘Street View’.

Billy Halliday from Gargieston Primary School, East Ayrshire won the Young Persons’ Choice Award for their photograph ‘Seaside Sunset’.

All entries to the My Place Photography Competition 2022 are on display through 1 June at Glasgow’s South Block. They can also be viewed online at

Aneel Singh Bhopal, member of the My Place Photography Competition 2022 judging panel and Development Officer at West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, said: “The photographs submitted were of tremendous quality and the thoughtfulness and empathy on display left me feeling hopeful that the younger generation possess a level of social conscience and awareness that can only bode well for all our futures.”

“My hope is that the competition encourages any budding photographers or artists to pursue this type of work as a profession or hobby and help to make Scotland and the world a better place for us all.”

My Place Photography is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and Jessops and is free to enter. It is open to schools, youth groups, clubs and home-educated young people. To learn more about how to enter the 2023 My Place Photography Competition, visit




Image title: White Wood Window and Reflections

Pupil name: Ruby Ionides

School: North Walls Community School, Orkney

Highly Commended

Image title: My Crabbing Spot

Pupil name: William C.

School: Port Ellen Primary, Argyll and Bute


Image title: Play Bars

Pupil name: Isra H.

School: Govan Community Project, Glasgow


Image title: Glenboig Bricks

Pupil name: Charlotte G.

School: Glenboig Primary, North Lanarkshire


Image title: The Puddle of Reflection

Pupil name: Steven C.

School: Burgh Primary, South Lanarkshire



Image title: Street View

Pupil name: Louise Mcintyre

School: Kilsyth Academy, North Lanarkshire

Highly commended

Image title: Journey

Pupil name: Louis R.

School: Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen


Image title: The girl that sits alone

Pupil name: Casey N.

School: Inveralmond Community High School, Midlothian


Image title: Literal framing

Pupil name: Thomas C.

School: Dunbar Grammar School, East Lothian


Image title: Home for the Summer

Pupil name: Esmee N.

School: Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen


Image title: Seaside Sunset

Pupil name: Billy Halliday

School: Gargieston Primary School, East Ayrshire



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About Scottish Civic Trust

Scottish Civic Trust’s mission is to celebrate Scotland’s built environment, take action for its improvement and empower its communities. The vision which drives this is thriving, beautiful and well cared for buildings and places, which help to support and sustain a high quality of life. More information can be found at

Founded in 1967, Scottish Civic Trust exists to help people connect with their built heritage and take a leading role in guiding its development. In its infancy, it successfully campaigned for the restoration of Edinburgh’s New Town and was instrumental in saving New Lanark – both now part of Scotland’s network of six World Heritage Sites.

In addition to these major milestones, Scottish Civic Trust was also the first to bring Doors Open Day to the UK – now the largest free festival of architecture in the UK – which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. More information can be found at

About Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. They are responsible for more than 300 properties of national importance, which combined draw millions over visitors each year. Their conservation experts provide guidance, training and technical research into Scotland’s built environment. Through their outreach programme, Historic Environment Scotland promotes community and individual learning engagement with Scotland’s heritage. They contribute to the Scottish Government’s strategy to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland’s carbon footprint.

For further information

Erin Burke

Scottish Civic Trust Communications and Events Officer

The Scottish Civic Trust
The Tobacco Merchant’s House
42 Miller Street
Glasgow G1 1DT

0141 221 1466



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