5 October, 2020

New Photography Competition to celebrate Tayside

Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust have collaborated to celebrate the Tayside landscape and encourage local communities and visitors to capture what they love about Highland Perthshire. Launching October 1, TAYken By Me is an exciting and inspiring new Photography Competition for amateur photographers of all ages, as part of the theatre’s acclaimed project – Shades of Tay, a Love Letter to Scotland.

Competition entry is FREE and any amateur photographer, from anywhere in the world, can enter. But, all images entered must have been photographed during the competition dates – October 1 2020 to 31 March 2021 - and in Scotland, in the vicinity of the River Tay, with a recommendation of using River Tay Way as a source of inspiration. Developed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, the River Tay Way is a linear, long-distance route between Perth and Kenmore, through some of the finest countryside that Perthshire has to offer.

TAYken By Me has five categories: Young People, Trees of the Tay, Wildlife of the Tay, Architecture of the Tay and Hidden Details of the Tay, each sponsored by local businesses, donating additional prizes for entrants especially chosen from their elected category: Cat Burton Photography, Dunkeld House Hotel, Perthshire Wildlife, Scottish Crannog Centre and The Highland Chocolatier.

Each of the five categories has three awards: £50 for the winner, £30 for the second prize and £20 for the third place, and full category information, with specific eligibility requirements, can be found in the TAYken by Me Competition Rules on Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s website.

Judges will be looking for originality, creativity and technique and include professional photographers, Cat Burton, Alan McCredie, along with Constance Boddice of Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and Amy Liptrott, Associate Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Amy Liptrott, Associate Director for Pitlochry Festival Theatre, told us:

It has been great to work with PKCT to develop TAYken By Me. We’re really looking forward to seeing how people are inspired to capture our beautiful landscape through the focus of the five categories. Working together to celebrate the River Tay is a source of joy!

Peter Quinn, Trust Director of Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, added:

The mighty River Tay is such an iconic part of Perthshire’s landscape and will certainly provide lots of opportunities for photographers of all ages to capture, celebrate and enjoy it. Working with PFT on TAYken By Me as part of Shades of Tay, a Love Letter to Scotland project has been amazing. We hope everyone enjoys getting outdoors, exploring the landscape, discovering the River Tay Way, and having fun photographing those experiences. 

Entries are to be submitted by email to taykenbyme@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com by the closing date of 31 March 2021.

Find all competition entry details here.

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