Competition captures imagination of city's photographers

Six striking shots of Edinburgh have been chosen from almost 400 entries to be displayed in a major new exhibition at the City Art Centre this summer.

Photographers with a keen eye for the Capital were invited to ‘Capture Edinburgh’ for the chance to see their work displayed alongside favourites from the city’s museum and gallery collection.

Judges were so impressed with the quality and individuality of submissions from professional, amateur and student photographers that 12 runners up will also see their work exhibited in an accompanying display within the Council gallery. Sponsored by Jessops, the images will also be showcased in the window of Jessops’ Castle Street store. 

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener, said: “With hundreds of fantastic entries, the judging panel found it incredibly difficult to narrow the winners down. Edinburgh must be one of the most photogenic and photographed cities in the world – yet these images manage to capture the feel of the Capital in new and unique ways.

“The top six photographs will be enlarged and displayed alongside some of the masters of Scottish art. The resulting display will span Edinburgh’s historic museum and art collections and celebrate some of the contemporary work taking place in the city today. A huge thank you to everybody who entered and the judging panel and finally well done to the winners.”

The chosen winners by category are:


Winner - 'View Down Princes Street at Night' by David Tomlins
Runners up - 'Forth Road Bridge' by Neil McDade and ‘Escaping’ by Colin Lindsay


Winner - 'Canal Dreams' by Sue Williamson
Runners up – ‘Old Meets New in Portobello' by Drummond Fyall and ‘Wavy Blue’ by Adam Robertson


Winner - 'Vaseline Hair Tonic' by Paul Henni
Runners up - 'A quiet Chat’ by Scott Liddell and ‘Art and Religion’ by Areesha Khan


Winner - ‘Hogmanay' by Mengqi Du
Runners up - 'Festival Nights' by Callum Ollason and 'Surprise' by Ken Steven 


Winner - 'Snow on the Way' by Fiona Johnson
Runners up - 'Engulfed by Fog' by Edinburgh Spotlight and 'Man in Black' by Mike Avern


Winner - ‘New Wave Coffee Shop to a Tea’ by MJose Fernandez
Runners up - 'Deep Euphoria on Princes Street' by Stephen Bridger Photography and 'Flying Clothes' by Jonathan Cruickshank

The Capture Edinburgh judging panel consisted of Edinburgh Museum and Gallery officers, Ben Harman, Director of the Stills Centre for Photography and Kayt Turner, Picture Editor of the Scotsman.

All 372 entries can be viewed at the City Art Centre Facebook page . Details of the City Art Centre’s summer exhibition, Edinburgh Alphabet: An A-Z of the City’s Collections, will be revealed later this month.

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