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The Real Scotland Photo Competition Information

The Prizes

The competition is now closed

First Prize

The photo with the most votes won a luxury self-catering short break for two in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife.  The winning photo was Aldo Costa’s shot of Tolsta Bay on the Isle of Lewis, winning him a break at the fabulous Westbourne Cottage – a gorgeous 19th century cottage in the quiet conservation village of Kilrenny (only 8 miles from St Andrews).  What better way to experience the ‘real Scotland’ than a stay in a hidden gem…

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Westbourne Cottage, East Neuk of Fife


Exterior of Westbourne Cottage

Exterior of Westbourne Cottage

Judges’ Winners

To be announced…

A team of photographers will also each choose their three favourite images which will form a short list of highly commended photos, each winning a brushed wool tartan scarf from Scotland Shop PLUS a square foot plot of Scottish land courtesy of Highland Titles – so you can become a Laird or Lady of your own piece of Scotland.  The prize includes a document pack with a legal Certificate of Sale, as well as directions so you can locate your piece of land.

Credit Scotland Shop

Credit Scotland Shop

Credit Highland Titles

All our winners will also see their photos featured on the EmbraceScotland website, with due credit.

The Judges

Here are some examples from our judges to inspire you…

Brandon Elijah Scott
by © Brandon Elijah Scott /

by © Brandon Elijah Scott /

by © Brandon Elijah Scott /

by © Brandon Elijah Scott /

Scotland is one of the few unspoiled and ever-changing places of the world with its raw and luscious landscape.  Few destinations naturally combine raw beauty with underlying emotion and power, with the amazing depths and dynamics as that of Scotland.

Jamie Glenday
New Troon by © Jamie Glenday,

New Troon by © Jamie Glenday,

By © Jamie Glenday,

Troon Magic Light by © Jamie Glenday,

I love trying to capture the changing colour and light – the movement and atmosphere of Scotland.  There is nothing more exciting than seeing a shot appear on screen and the wow factor hits you.  I try to capture well known locations with a different angle too – photography is all about your unique view on things you see as well as trying to simply snap what is there… I am always looking for that magic element in an image.

Lewis Mackenzie
Chanonry Point, Fortrose by © Lewis Mackenzie Photography,

Chanonry Point, Fortrose by © Lewis Mackenzie Photography,

Kessock Bridge, by © Lewis Mackenzie Photography,

Kessock Bridge by © Lewis Mackenzie Photography,

I spend most of my free time taking photos.  My main interest lies in landscape work, but I also do a lot of sports photography and some nature work. When taking photos of the Scottish landscape, I always want to try and make the picture look as good as the landscape did through your own eyes.  This is the difficult part.  My advice would be to try and reflect the culture, landscape or people of Scotland.  If taking photos of a commonly photographed place/object, try to make it different to everyone else’s.

Scott Marshall
Covesea Hue by © Scott Marshall

Covesea Hue by © Scott Marshall

Carbisdale Castle by © Scott Marshall

Carbisdale Castle by © Scott Marshall

Scotland became real for me when as a teenager my school organised “A Tour of the Highlands”.  As a young 15 year old I was dragged around Scotland in a tour bus, seeing places I had never heard of nor seen before.  We were given the full treatment – wild highland moors leading in to dramatic glens, incredible beaches and lots and lots of space.  Space enough to let your mind wander.

Five years ago I moved to the Moray Firth with my work and started to re-explore and photograph many of the areas I had visited as a child.  I also buried my head in Ordnance Survey maps and sought out those special parts of Scotland where few people had travelled or appreciated.  Finding the real Scotland has become a passion and capturing those locations on film is now an addiction.  For me, the images of the real Scotland should demonstrate your appreciation of the Scotland beyond the iconic locations – using dramatic light, moody and atmospheric landscapes or perhaps the historical legacy which is strewn around Scotland being reclaimed by the erosion of time.  


Competition supported by Welcome to Scotland who regularly run a fan photo blog called ‘Scotland in View’.  It’s a way to celebrate your experiences around Scotland and take part in a huge community of Scotland lovers.  Have a look at the most recent ‘Scotland in View‘ posts to find out how you can take part too.

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 Terms & Conditions

The closing date for entries is 9.00pm on Friday 7 February 2014.

1. This competition is open to anyone aged 18 years or over, except for employees of the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3. Entries should be submitted by via the EmbraceScotland website. Entries must include the entrant’s name and image files must be 72 dpi and between 1MB and 8MB. Entrants must include their email. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.

4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.

5. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

6. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites, social media and/or in any promotional material (we can’t sell them on or restrict the photographer’s use of them elsewhere).

7. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

8. The winning entry will be that which receives the most votes. The winner will be notified within one month of the closing date of the competition (The closing date for entries is 9.00pm on Friday 7 February 2014.)

9. One entrant shall win a 3 day weekend or 4 weekday short break at Westbourne Cottage in Fife, subject to availability.

10. The winners may be required to take part in publicity.

11. The winner’s name and county may be disclosed to anyone who emails within one month after the published closing date, stating a return email address, to

12. All prizes are non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

13. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

14. Scottish law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts shall prevail.

15. We will add all entrants to our mailing list – if you do not wish to receive our monthly emails you can unsubscribe at any time.

Promoter: The Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, PO Box 23, Taynuilt, Argyll PA35 1WX, Scotland