Pentland Hills the focus of art and photography competition

Budding artists and photographers are being called upon to get their ‘Pentland Inspirations’ entries in before the deadline on Friday 19 October.

The fifth biennial Pentland Inspirations Art and Photographic Competition opened in June and a number of submissions have been received so far.

Competitors are asked to draw on the natural beauty of the Pentland Hills to inspire their work - following in the footsteps of generations of artists, poets and authors including Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Six winners will be chosen in November from the art and photography sections. There will be one overall winner, an adult and child winner from the art submissions and a winner from each of the three categories in the photography section ('landscape, biodiversity', 'plants and animals' and 'activity').

The best entries will then be showcased in a touring exhibition that will visit Edinburgh & the Lothians, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders from December.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city's Transport and Environment Convener, said: "We're exceptionally lucky in Edinburgh to have such outstanding scenery on our doorstep and it's not difficult to see why scores of artists, young and old, have drawn on the natural beauty of the Pentland Hills for inspiration.

"There's still time to get your entries in this week and with the exhibition touring the country from December there is no better way to share your memories of this spectacular landscape."

Entry forms are available at Harlaw House Visitor Centre, Flotterstone Information Centre, Boghall Farm, Hermitage of Braids, local libraries and available for download.

A gallery of previous entries is available on our website.

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