Highland Cinema Launches International Photography Contest – How to Enter


Calling all photographers and photography enthusiasts, a new international photography competition has just been launched by Highland Cinema.

The Fort William-based independent cinema and cafe created the competition to celebrate unique traditional Scottish red-roofed buildings – just like its own.

The red roof tradition can be spotted all over the country, from farm houses in the Highlands to urban buildings in the central belt.

In September 2020, local entrepreneur and owner Angus MacDonald wanted the design of the Highland Cinema to complement the historic setting of the town.

Named in Time Out’s ’50 Best Cinemas’ in the UK, it is now looking to mark its second anniversary with an exciting competition.

Here’s everything you need to know about the contest, from how to enter and the judges to the very exciting prizes up for grabs!

Highland Cinema Photography Contest Judges

  • Iain Ferguson – Based in Fort William, Ian Ferguson is an award-winning professional photographer with over 40 years of experience covering all manner of events. Working for the press before becoming a freelance photographer for national magazines, newspapers, weddings and photos for big budget film productions.
  • Andre Sinclair – Andrew Sinclair is a Scottish oil painter and gallerist based in the remote West Highlands of Scotland. Sinclair founded the Resipole Studios and Gallery of Fine Arts, a multi-faceted art space showcasing the best in contemporary art. He devotes his time and resources to supporting young artists and has been a director of Room 13 International since 2013.
  • Christine Jansen – Managing Director of the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Christina Jansen has over 25 years’ experience as a curator, editor and producer, and is an expert in Scottish, contemporary and applied 20th century art.
  • Rob Fairley – Rob Fairley is a highly respected visual artist, educator, mountaineer, crofter and founder of Room 13 International. Fairley is based in Lochaber and focuses on the land, including “geology, stories, songs and myths” in her work.
  • Angus MacDonald – Renowned Lochaber entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist Angus MacDonald also conceived and funded Highland Cinema. He remains active in the day-to-day running of the cinema and is also a best-selling author.

How to Enter the Highland Cinema Photography Contest

Highland Cinema in Fort William. Credit: Highland Cinema

You may submit a maximum of three photographs per photographer, and the photographer must own the copyright to each image.

Highland Cinema will take the first three receipts as entries and you cannot change this after you submit your application, so choose wisely!

All entries must be submitted by email with the following information:

  • Your name and a valid email address.
  • The location where the photo was taken (all photos entered must have been taken in Scotland).
  • The title of the photo and a few words telling the story behind your image.
  • The name you are happy to be made public if you are chosen as a winner.
  • The photo file – no more than 1.5MB each for the initial entry.

You should email your applications to: [email protected]

Highland Cinema encourages participants to share their entries and exits on social media, using the hashtags #redroofsofscotland and #highlandcinema.

The registration deadline is August 28, 2022 at midnight and there is no registration fee to participate.

Winners will be selected on or around September 29, 2022.

You can view the full contest terms and conditions by visiting the Highland Cinema website.

Highland Cinema Photography Awards

Now that you’ve met the judges and know how to enter, here are the prizes up for grabs.

The competition has a first, second and third prize, and all works shortlisted for display will receive £100.

The judges’ 20 favorite films will be printed, duly credited and displayed prominently inside the Highland Cinema, Fort William.

  1. First Prize: £500, sponsored by the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh;
  2. Second Prize: £300, sponsored by Highland Cinema, and
  3. Third prize: £200, sponsored by Respiole Studios.

Winners may also have a chance to have prints of their work displayed and sold nationally.

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