Inspired by Wild Life Photographer of the Year, #WildScotlandPhoto has received 200+ entries celebrating the the flora, fauna and diverse environments in urban and countryside settings in Scotland.

#WildScotlandPhoto entries

We've had over 200 stunning entries, view them here:


*ENTRY NOW CLOSED* for #WildScotlandPhoto

Inspired by #WPY51 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Wild Scotland Photo Challenge is a chance for all those age 13+, to get out and about and explore and celebrate the flora, fauna and diverse environments in urban and countryside settings in Scotland.

Any digital image capturing device will do including mobile phones and digital cameras and to enter share the photo on Twitter or Instagram using #WildScotlandPhoto and a one of the categories, #CoastMarine, #OnYourDoorstep, #FavouritePlace or #UrbanWildlife . If you've been out and about in Scotland in 2016 and already taken pictures these count too, perhaps those photos from your Scottish holiday or ones taken whilst walking the dog?


Open to anyone age 13+ (those legally entitled to use Twitter and Instagram)



Have you seen any interesting animals, plants or other living things in your area?  Photos may depict wildlife in unlikely locations or demonstrate how wildlife has adapted to urban environments.  You might want to look at very small living things as well as those that re bigger.  Remember, wildlife can be found everywhere if you look in the right places. Photos must depict Scotland’s urban environments.


Scotland’s coastline is vast, including the 780+ islands, and it rightly deserves its own category. Is there a beach, cliff top, island, sea scape or marine wildlife you like?  Photos must depict coast and marine environments in Scotland.


What is in your neighbourhood?  Have you seen any interesting plants or living things there in the countryside or in your back garden?  Photos must depict neighbourhoods in Scotland near to where you live.


Where is your nearest outdoor, natural or wild space? Is there a place you like to visit?  A pond, park, garden, woodland or nature reserve.  Photos must depict favourite locations in Scotland.


How to enter

Sharing photos on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags: 

#WildScotlandPhoto and one for the category eg.  #WildScotlandPhoto #FavouritePlace or #UrbanWildlife or #CoastMarine or #OnYourDoorstep

What to enter

Photos must be entirely original and have been taken by the person entering the image.  Adjustments to images are permitted e.g. brightness, colour, saturation, contrast, sharpening. Basic cleaning and cropping is permitted and using pre-set filters.

Entrants must store the original photo in JPEG file format until the end of December 2016, for use by National Museums Scotland online, in the event the entrant is overall winner, a category winner or is highly commended in a category place in the photo challenge.

Winners and prizes

First Prize

One prize winner will receive a Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 25 book and a year’s National Museums Scotland's Membership of their choice.

Category winners

Each category winner will receive a Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 25 book.

Terms and conditions

  • Photos must have been taken in Scotland in 2016 and be submitted by 15 November 2016.
  • Applicants can enter a maximum of 3 photographs in each category, giving a maximum of 12 images for every entrant. 
  • The competition is open to anyone excluding employees of National Museums Scotland, and anyone involved in running the challenge or anyone closely related to them. National Museums Scotland employees may share images but they will not be entered into the competition.
  • The competition is free to enter.
  • You agree that if you enter a winning image, you will take part in and cooperate fully with reasonable publicity and to the use of your name and photograph in such publicity. 
  • Photographs must be original. Those images suspected of copying or plagiarism will be disqualified. 
  • Photographs can entered by anyone but must have been taken in Scotland.  Any photos found to have been taken elsewhere will be disqualified. 
  • If your photograph features any person or people, they should be aware they are being photographed and permission should be obtained from all involved for their photograph to be submitted in the competition.  If it is clear that the people are not aware of their picture being taken or are embarrassed in any way by any entry we receive, we reserve the right to disqualify the entry.

Judging, prizes and announcement of winners

  • Winners of a category, highly commended and overall winner photos will be contacted by direct message on either Twitter or Instagram by 30 November 2016.
  • Winners of categories, highly commended and overall winner photographs will be announced by 30 November 2016 and shared on and National Museums Scotland’s social media channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook 
  • A judging panel will be made up of National Museums Scotland staff and colleagues with expertise in photography and natural history. 
  • The decision of the organisers on all matters relating to the competition is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the competitions judging and organisation.
  • National Museums Scotland reserves the right to substitute prizes.  No alternative, cash or otherwise, will be given for any prizes.

Copyright usage rights

  • You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images entered.  You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and be credited alongside your picture.
  • By entering your images into the competition, you grant free permission to National Museums Scotland for a non-exclusive license to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for the following purposes
  • Inclusion of the winning and highly commended photographs on the National Museums Scotland website and social media accounts including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.  Photographers will be credited alongside their work.
  • Usage for winning photographs will be limited to 2 years after the winners are announced. 
  • The information you provide will be collected and stored by National Museums Scotland, and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Action 1998.  We will only use your information for the purposes of administration of the Challenge (including publishing your name and region if you are the winner) and any other purposes to which you have consented. We will not pass your details on to any third party.
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*ENTRY NOW CLOSED* for #WildScotlandPhoto and winners will be announced by the end of November.


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