Join our Photo Challenge and help us celebrate Scotland's wildlife in all its beauty and diversity.

Inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Wild Scotland Photo Challenge is a chance to get out, explore and celebrate the flora, fauna and diverse rural and urban environments found in Scotland.

To join the challenge, simply upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #WildScotlandChallenge and the hashtag for the current theme.

You'll be able to see all the images in the Wild Scotland gallery, and every fortnight we'll be issuing a new challenge, with prizes available for our favourite photos. The new theme will be announced here, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Prizes include tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, National Museums Scotland Membership, Membership of Edinburgh Zoo, tickets to the National Museum of Flight and Rural Life and some lovely gifts from our shop.

The challenge runs from Friday 19 January – Sunday 29 April 2018 and is open to anyone aged 13+.

Theme of the fortnight: #ZooLife

20 – 29 April 2018

Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park are home to over 1,200 animals, from native Scottish species to rare and endangered animals from around the world. For our final challenge, we're asking you to share your wild animal pictures from these sites for a chance to win an RZSS Membership.

The winners so far

Congratulations to our winners so far:

Wild Scotland gallery

    Terms and conditions

    By entering the Wild Scotland Challenge, you agree to comply with these terms and conditions.

    How to enter

    • The Challenge is free to enter.
    • You must be the author and own the copyright for any photos you enter, and the photos must have been taken in Scotland.
    • You can enter as many times as you like.
    • The Challenge is open to anyone aged 13+, however employees of National Museums Scotland and anyone else involved in the running the Challenge will not be eligible for prizes.
    • New themes will be announced on the website, Twitter and Instagram on a fortnightly basis.
    • To enter the Challenge, upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WildScotlandChallenge included in the description.
    • Photos must be tagged with #WildScotlandChallenge to feature in the challenge gallery and must represent the current theme. National Museums Scotland reserves the right to exclude any photos that don't represent the theme.
    • If your photo 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 to the Challenge.
    • One or more prize winners will be picked by our panel every two weeks and notified via Twitter or Instagram.
    • The decision of the organisers on all matters relating to the Challenge is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the judging and organisation.
    • National Museums Scotland reserves the right to substitute prizes. No alternative, cash or otherwise, will be given for any prizes.
    • RZSS Membership is for a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children. You can see the full terms and conditions here.

    Copyright and 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 image into the Challenge, you grant free permission to National Museums Scotland for a non-exclusive licence to reproduce your image for the following purposes:
      • inclusion in the Wild Scotland Challenge gallery, hosted on the National Museums Scotland website
      • other use on the National Museums Scotland website associated with the Challenge
      • use on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr) in association with the Challenge.
    • 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 or Twitter/Instagram handle if you are a winner) and any other purposes to which you have consented. We will not pass your details on to any third party.

    Header image: 'Swim gym' © Laurent Ballesta, France.

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