Photo Opportunities

By Month * Year-Round * Competitions * Photography Courses
Click on the above headers to go to the different sections, or scroll down the page.

Do you know about an event or competition or photography course or place of photographic interest?
Please send your ideas and events information to events@mccc.org.uk. Include the following information:

date
name of the event
location
short description
website address

Date Event Location Link
January
Jan 2 Diesel
Gala –
The Scottish Class 37 Golden Jubilee
is a special event to celebrate 50 years of the English Electric Class 37 diesel locomotives. Featuring Bo’ness-based 37 175 and 37 025, and visiting class 37 locomotives.
Special timetable : Trains depart Bo’ness hourly from 09.30 to 18.30 to Manuel
Special prices apply
Bo’Ness Bo’Ness
& Kinneil Railway
Check Website Knockhill
Racing – Speed Sunday
Knockhill,
Perth & Kinross
Knockhill
Racing
Jan 22 & 23 Aviemore Sled Dog Rally Aviemore Siberian Husky Club

February
*DATES EXTENDED* 

Feb
thru to mid-March

Scottish
Snowdrop Festival
Dawyck
Botanic Garden and 60 other gardens in Scotland.
 

18 February: Join snowdrop experts for the Snowdrop Conference ‘Snowdrops, Spring Bulbs & You.

Snowdrop Festival and Botanic Gardens

March
March Bikers Challenge the Dark Side
7stanes Mountain Bike Project
** Super challenging night photography opp – only suitable if you have experience in sports and night photography **
Galloway Forest Park 7stanesand More Dirt
March onwards Harley
Davidson Ride Outs

by Clyde Valley HOG
Clyde Valley Clyde Valley HOG
*NEW*
March 19
Pipe Band Competition
Enjoy this thrilling display of pipers and Scottish dancers.
Stirling Castle Stirling Castle Events
March 25 to 27 Hawick
Reivers Festival

The programme includes concerts, a procession led by costumed riders on horseback and a 16th century market and Reivers Encampment.
Hawick,
Scottish Borders
Hawick Reivers Festival
Spring The Trossachs Spring Outdoor Festival
“Tramping through the Trossachs” in spring each year, showcases fantastic opportunities around Aberfoyle, Gartmore and Kinlochard .
The Trossachs Visit The Trossachs

April
April 2 to 25 Dumfries
& Galloway Wildlife Festival
Dumfries
& Galloway
Wildlife
Festival
Starting in April Are the ospreys back in town?Check out the website.
David Marshall Lodge www.forestry.gov.uk/aberfoyleospreys
April Exhibitions about Photography

held at various times of the year. Free admission.
National Gallery of Scotland National Gallery of Scotland.
April
Army
Cadets Musical Spectacle

Eighty young pipers and drummers will perform a full Beating of Retreat. 

Free admission.

Edinburgh
Castle Esplanade.
Contact
Fred.
Throughout Year Linlithgow Rangers Walks Linlithgow Palace and Area Linlithgow
Ranger Event
April 23 EASTER REVELRY Stirling Castle. Historic Scotland
April 30 to May 1 Central
Scotland Horse Trials
Scone
Palace, Perthshire
CSHT
Peak Photos from 2008
April
30
Beltane
Fire Festival
Edinburgh
[Download
Map
]
Beltane
Fire Society

May
Throughout Year Scottish Mining Museum Tours Scottish Mining Museum Scottish Mining Museum
Event cancelled in 2011 *Official Photographers*
Avant
Gardens Festival
New
Hopetoun Gardens
New
Hopetoun Gardens
May 8 Ayrshire
Classics Car Club
Dean Castle Classic Vehicle Show, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Dean
Castle
TBA Lothian
& Borders Classic & Vintage Motorcycle Club – Peebles
Show
Drill
Hall, Peebles
SVVF
May 1 Classic
Car Show
National
Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride
National
Museum of Rural Life
May
to Sept every year
Knockhill Racing Circuit Knockhill Racing Circuit Knockhill Racing Circuit
Cancelled for 2011 Scottish
Traction Engine Society – Steam
in the Park
Steam
in the Park event at the Balado
Activity Centre.
Contact smokie767@aol.com and 01241 434 600.
Scottish
Traction Engine Society
May 8 Gourock Highland Games Gourock Gourock Highland Games
Mid May
to Mid June
Bluebell
Festival
David
Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
Achray Forest Queen Elizabeth Forest
Park Stirling.
Bluebell
Festival
May 18 to 30 Borders Festival of the Horse Throughout The Borders Borders Festival of the Horse
May 21 The Scottish Pipe Band Championships Levengrove Park, Dumbarton
Tel: 0141 221 5414
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association
May 15
Border Vintage Agricultural Association’s
auction & car
boot sale (Saturday) and rally (Sunday only).
Springwood
Park, Kelso from 12 noon.
BVAA
May 15 Scottish
Vintage Bus Museum – Bus Running Day

Lathalmond by Dunfermline, Fife. Ask Fred about this one!
SVBM
May 27-29 Jim
Clark Rally
Edinburgh. Contact
Ian G. for more details.
Jim Clark Rally.
*NEAR HOME*
May 27-28
West Lothian Highland Games
Pageantry, feasting, jousting, falconry and more besides featuring 100+ costumed performers.
Bathgate West Lothian Highland Games

May 28-29
Traquair
House Medieval Fayre
Demonstrations and displays of ancient skills and crafts
and battle re-enactments, early music, archery, and falconry. * Other events throughout the year.
Innerleithen,
Peeblesshire
Traquair
House
May
21-22
Edinburgh
Marathon
Edinburgh Edinburgh
Marathon
Spring Osprey
Watch Centres
Places
to view nesting ospreys. Ask Stuart about this one!
Forestry
Commission

June
*Members Attending*
June 3-5
*Official
Photographers*

Gardening
Scotland
Royal
Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Gardening
Scotland
TBA ACFA Scotland Cadet 150 Beating Retreat. Edinburgh Castle. The Massed Pipes and Drums of the Cadet Forces will march through the Drawbridge of Edinburgh Castle. It’s free! Email: acfpdeo@btconnect
June 15 Linlithgow Marches The annual inspection of the town’s boundaries dates back more than 600 years. Linlithgow
Ongoing Photography
Exhibitions
Learn from art! Exhibitions on all year round.
The National Galleries of Scotland’s collection of Scottish and international art is among the best in the world, and is housed in five galleries across Edinburgh. They are open daily and entrance is free.
National
Galleries
First Sunday in June
Mid
Calder Camera Club Gala Day Exhibition
Institute
Hall starting at 11 am.
Contact
Steve C..
June
(Lanark Day)
June (Lanark Week)
Lanark
Lanimers Day –
A
12th century
“examination of the boundary stones”
that has turned into a week long festival.
Lanark Lanark
Lanimers
June 19
Festival
of Historic Transport
Dunfermline
Fire Station. Ask Fred about this one!
FHVC
June
23-26
Royal
Highland Show
Edinburgh Royal
Highland Show
TBA Scottish
Traditional Boat Festival
Portsoy
on the Banffshire Coast
Scottish
Boat Festival
June
or July
British
Superbike Championships
Tayside
& Central
Events
Scotland
June 18-26 Round
Britain Boat Race
Round Britain Race Queensferry
Gazette

July
July
2 & 3
The
Game Conservancy Scottish Fair
Scone
Palace, Perthshire
The
Scottish Fair
*New*
July
17
Scottish Car Show The Royal Highland Cenre, Ingliston, Edinburgh The
Scottish Fair
Check Website Transformed by Light Gladstone Gallery, Edinburgh Transformed by Light
TBA Scottish
Transport Extravaganza
Glamis
Castle
, Forfar
Visit Angus and SVVC
TBA Jousting at Linlithgow Palace Linlithgow Palace Historic Scotland
Throughout July & August
Highland Games Throughout Scotland Alba
Games
TBA TREEFEST
& Wood Market
Inverleith
Park, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Treefest
Cancelled for 2011
Glasgow’s
River Festival
Clyde
River, Glasgow
Glasgow
River Festival
July 23 Inverness
Highland Games
Inverness City
of Inverness
July Ayrshire
Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club 27th Annual Rally
Eglinton
Country Park Ayrshire
Margaret
Howie at margaret.avtmc1@btinternet.com or
01292 287297
TBA Heavy Horse Show Come and see Clydesdale horses, donkeys, and Highland and Shetland ponies at one of Scotland’s biggest heavy horse shows. National Museum of Rural life Agriculture UK and Heavy Horse Show
July 23 Air Show – National Museum of flight annual air display East Fortune 10:00 – 17:00 pm Museum of Flight
TBA Summer
Fair
Hopetoun
House 11:00 – 5:00 pm
Hopetoun
House

August
Throughout the year Musselburgh Racecourse Musselburgh. Musselburgh Racecourse
August 13-14 Festival
of Orchids
Scone
Palace, Perthshire
Scone
Palace
TBA (During the Edinburgh International Festival)
Edinburgh Photographic – International Exhibition of Photography The
Photographic Exhibition Centre, 68 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QU
Edinburgh
Photographic Society
Aug
5 -29
Edinburgh
Festival Fringe
Edinburgh The
Fringe
August 5-7 Ayr
Flower Show
Rozelle
Estate
, Monument
Road, Ayr
Ayr
Flower Show
TBA The
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Weekend / Fife Historic Vehicle Club
Festival of Transport Weekend
Dunfermline
Fire Station / The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. Ask Fred about this one!
SVBM
Aug
5 -27
Edinburgh Miltary Tattoo Against the spectacular backdrop of Scotland’s top tourist attraction, performers from four continents, including participants from as far afield as South Africa and South America, together with the finest modern production technology, are set to provide an abundance of matchless entertainment at next year’s Tattoo on the floodlit esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. www.edinburgh-tattoo.co.uk
August 6 Linlithgow’s Beautiful Fun Dog Show Linlithgow
Palace
Linlithgow
Ranger Event
or Dog Show
Aug
14
Canal
Fun Day & Cardboard Boat Race
Linlithgow
Canal Basin
LUCS
Aug
25- 27
The
Cowal Highland Gathering
Dunoon Cowal
Gathering
Aug
27
Strathaven
Balloon Festival
Strathaven
Park, Strathaven, Lanarkshire
Balloon
Festival
Aug
27
The City of Aberdeen Clydesdale Horse Show (FREE) Scotland’s premier Clydesdale horse event. The show is free and held at Duthie Park. Clydesdale Horse Show
TBA Largs Viking Festival Events through the week include a parade, skirmish, raptor display, and RAF Typhoon will perform in 2009. Largs Viking Festival
TBA
Birds of Prey – Meet birds of prey close up and find out more about falconry. Holyrood Park 11:00 – 3:00 pm www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

September
Sept 2-4 Dundee
Flower & Food Festival
Dundee Dundee
F&F Festival
*Members
Attending*

Sept 3-4
Scottish
Nature Photography Fair
(includes a competition)
Battleby Centre, Redgorton, Perth Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Nature Photography Awards
Sept
3-4
Scotland’s
Countryside Festival
Glamis
Castle
Scotland
Countryside
*Members
Attending*
TBA
Almond Valley Vintage Association (AVVA) Annual Rally Oatridge College, Ecclemachan Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation Website or for further info, contact Fred or the organiser, Alistair McDonald
*Members
Attending*

Sept 10 (Provisional)
Royal
Air Force Air Show
RAF
Leuchars
Air
Show
TBA Linlithgow Folk Festival Linlithgow Linlithgow
TBA Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival
120 classic cars and motorbikes will be heading up Scotland’s oldest permanent racetrack. For the first time in 50 years, there may also be motorcycles.
Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness BHCR
TBA
Stock Judging and Blacksmiths Demos & Steam Engine National Museum of Rural Life NMS
Sept
11-12, 2010
The
Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club – Rally
Scone
Palace, Perth
SVTEC or Scone Palace
*Members
Attending*

TBA
National Museum of Flight Magnificent Machines Rally monster trucks, classic and vintage cars, scooter, fire engines and traction steam engines at the transport event of the year National Museum of Flight, East Fortune National Museum of Flight

October
October 1 BUPA Great Run Edinburgh Great Run
*** MCCC OUTING ***
TBA
Selm Muir Woods – Fungi and Insect Photo Opportunity
Try your hand at photographing fungi and insects locally with MCCC member and Natural History (macro) enthusiast, Ian McIntosh.
Selm Muir Wood
Sunday Oct 11th 9:00am – 12:00pm
. Adjacent to Selm Muir reservoir, just south of Oakbank Bing. BBC Map or Multimap
Selm Muir Wood
(Foresty Commission)
.
*Members
Attending*

TBA
Photography Exhibition
The 7th EMFF’s photography exhibition is at the EICA at Ratho.
Free entry.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena Centre
Ratho
Edinburgh Mountain.
Oct 1-2 Diesel
Gala –
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
Bo’ness,
Falkirk – Wormit station building (south end of Tay Bridge). Special
timetable and fare.
Bo’Ness
& Kinneil Railway
Throughout October Deer
Rut

Join the forest rangers for an autumn afternoon in the forest listening
to the roaring stags in the Loch Katrine area.
David
Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
Achray Forest Queen Elizabeth Forest
Park Stirling.
Call 01877 382258
Deer
Rut Info
TBA Trossachs
Mushroom Festival

At this annual Mushroom Festival there will be activities, including
fungal forays.
Aberfoyle
Village Car Park Loch
Ard Forest
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Stirling
Mushroom Festival
*Road
Trip Planned*
 

Oct 7-29

The
Enchanted Forest

A light and sound extravaganza.
Faskally
Wood, Pitlochry, Perthshire. A mini-bus trip is being planned. Ask
Steve
C. for more information.
The
Enchanted Forest
Oct 13-30
Pitlochry
Autumn Festival

will include a number of events
Pitlochry
and and across Highland Perthshire.
The
Pitlochry Autumn Festival

November
TBA
Vintage
Ploughing Match

Ask Fred for further info.
Philipstoun
Farm near Linlithgow.
TBA St. Andrew’s Day – FREE WEEKEND
Historic Scotland
Various Historic Scotland sites. Historic Scotland Free Weekend

December
Dec
31
Stonehaven
Fireball Festival
Stonehaven Stonehaven
Fireballs
*Members
Attending*
 

Dec
31

Hogmanay
Bonfire
Biggar Biggar
Bonfire

Year-round
Photographic Opportunities
NAME DESCRIPTION LOCATION LINK
Knockhill Racing Circuit Knockhill is famous for hosting top motorsport events in the UK; Touring Cars, British Superbikes and The Scottish Motorshow. “Track Days” are free. Knockhill Racing Circuit,
by Dunfermline, Fife,
KY12 9TF
(Contact Peter G. about this one)
Knockhill Racing Circuit (Track Days)
HIGHLAND GAMES Visit Scotland calendar of this year’s games Throughout Scotland – from May through September every year. Scottish Highland Games Association
Livingston
Players
*Official
Photographers*

Taking publicity photos, portraits, and dress rehearsal shots for
plays throughout the year.
Howden Park Centre.
Contact Steve C. for the next rehearsal dates.
The
Livingston Players
FREE
Museums in Scotland
Download this Word document that lists various museums and their links. Scotland Museums Info (Word Document)
Auchingarrich
Wildlife Centre
Most
animals (Otters to Axis Deer Tartan Sheep) are in fields; some in
cages with wire but there is enough room for the lens to go through.
Ask Fred & Vera.
Comrie,
Perthshire
Auchingarrich
Wildlife Centre
Greenbank
Garden
Open
from March to October with 30 photogenic domestic-sized
themed gardens.
Glasgow National
Trust Scotland
Botanic
Garden
ED
Open
all Year
Royal
Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Botanic
Gardens
GL
Open
all Year
The
Botanic Gardens
Forestry
Commission
Events
and walks scheduled, including Butterfly Walks, Red Squirrel Hunt
(!), a Fungi Foray, and a Deer Rut in Stirling.
Throughout
Scotland
Forestry
Commission
Scone
Palace

A number of events are held throughout the year in the Palace, its
grounds, or in the parklands.
Scone
Palace, Perth
Scone
Palace
Event
Scotland
Scotland’s
dedicated national events organisation is responsible for attracting,
creating and developing sporting and cultural events throughout the
country.
Throughout
Scotland
Events
Calendar

“Outside”
Competitions
NAME DESCRIPTION START
/ CLOSING DATES
LINK
British Weather Photographer of the Year PHOTO COMPETITION
Lloyds TSB British Weather Photographer of the Year. £10,000 top prize and £100 weekly prizes for weather-related photographs.
Closed for 2010 Lloyds TSB
Saltire in the Sky 2010 PHOTO COMPETITION
Photograph St. Andrew’s Cross or Saltire in the sky. Prize money of £500 to be won.
Closed for 2010 The Scottish Flag Trust
A Shot in the Park 2010 PHOTO COMPETITION
City of Edinburgh competition with three categories – People in Parks; Wildlife in the City; and Local Landscapes. Judged by Colin Baxter.
Closed for 2010 Photo Competition Rules
Capture East Ayrshire PHOTO COMPETITION
Images will be used in the Dean Castle Country Park 30th anniversary calendar.
Closed for 2010 Dean Castle and Photo Competition Rules on page 6 of this pdf file.
Sharow Photographic Competition PHOTO COMPETITION
The overall winner and runner-up will be published in the Amateur Photographer magazine in July. Of special interest to clubs is the ‘portfolio of ten’ category; the theme for which is ‘Under Threat’.
Closes 29 May Photo Competition Rules
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival PHOTO COMPETITION:
Closes August EMFF
Photographer of the Year PHOTO COMPETITION:
The Digital Camera Photographer of the Year competition is open to both amateurs and professionals. Organised by the UK’s fastest-growing photography title, Digital Camera magazine, it aims to reveal the most inspirational and imaginative photographers from around the globe.
Check website for dates. POTY
British Wildlife Photography Awards PHOTO COMPETITION:
Aimed at both enthusiast and professional UK photographers, there are seven main categories and two special awards for young people. The prize fund is £10,000.
Check website for dates. Photography Monthly
*NEW*
RHS
Photo Competition
PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
Six categories for amateur and professional and young photographers. Prizes range from$100 to £1000 and the title of RHS Photographer of the Year. £5/image.
Entries close 31 August. Download
Application Form and Information
Edinburgh
Zoo Photo Competition
PHOTO
COMPETITION
.
Check website for dates. Edinburgh Zoo
British Waterways Wildlife Photography Competition PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
Your dragonfly and damselfly pictures wanted! Enter the comp and best
photo wins £100.
Check website for dates. British
Waterways
Scottish
Canals Photo Competition
PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
The competition is for pictures of any of Scotland’s operational
waterways, including the Union Canal. 2009 Winners
Check website for dates.
Application form from Frances Mimnaugh at 0141 332 6936
Scottish
Canals
Garden
Photographer
of the Year

PHOTO COMPETITION
:
Enter to win some of the £25K worth of prizes, plus the prestige
of exhibiting at Kew Gardens.
Check website for dates. Garden
Photographer of the Year
HOT
SHOTS
PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
Channel 4 is launching a major new competition for photographers –
the beginning of an exciting annual television and on-line event.
Check website for dates. TV
Channel 4
BC
Countryfile
PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
Photographs should be taken in the UK and have the natural world or
the countryside at their heart. Prints or slides.
Check website for dates. BBC
Countryfile
BBC PHOTO
COMPETITION
:
Different themes every month. Photographs are voted on by website
visitors and winners are published on website. Opportunity to win
“Photographer of the Year.”
Closes
each mid-month.
BBC
Monthly Competition

Photography
Courses
NAME DESCRIPTION START
/ CLOSING DATES
LINK
*NEAR HOME*
Bluesky Create Photography Workshop
Photography Workshops at Hopetoun House:
A relaxed, practical day of discovering basic photography skills from the Blue Sky Photography team.
From composition and what makes a good photograph to how to turn your camera off auto and get some great results.
June 15 & 16. Hopetoun House
*Recent
Entry*

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)
Photography Courses:
From scenic shots, to the finest-detail macro work, plant photography is equal parts art, craft and science. With a living botanical collection as good as any other in the world, RBGE is the perfect place to photograph a dazzling array of plants.
Check website for dates. RBGE
Dean Bricknell Photography Photography Workshops (including wildlife) – Dean’s office is in Bathgate. His wildlife photography workshops are held in various locations and are for small groups and one-on-one. See website for details. Call
01506 654 575 / 07984073264
www.deanbricknellphotography.com
West
Lothian Council
Digital
Photography.
Community based adult learning classes are
held in local Community Centres (probably Linlithgow) and are free
of charge.
Email or call for dates. Call
Catherine on 01506 775 154 or email cbal@westlothian.gov.uk
West
Lothian College
Traditional
Black & White Photography –
Explore traditional silver-based
photography. The course will cover an introduction to the medium,
which includes the calculation of exposure in the camera, through
to negative processing and darkroom development. (35 week evening
course)
Check website for dates. West
Lothian College
West
Lothian College
NQ
Higher Photography – Advanced
– The SQA Higher in Photography
course is intended for those equipped with some basic experience of
the medium. The course will include both theoretical and practical
based exercises. In addition the candidate will produce a body of
work which will be assessed externally.(35 week evening course)
Check website for dates. West
Lothian College
West
Lothian College
Making
the most of your Digital
Camera
– This is a hands-on workshop where you work through
the whole process step by step. (6 weeks)
Check website for dates. West
Lothian College
West
Lothian College
Digital
Imaging: Photoshop

Manipulate and enhance images using Photoshop software. Intro course
in September and Advanced in March. (12 weeks)
Check website for dates. West
Lothian College
Open
University
Digital
Photography: Creating and Sharing Better Images

Visually focused, with text kept to a minimum, the course will develop
your technical, visual and creative skills. (Online 10 weeks)
Check website for dates. Open
University
OpenLearn *
FREE * Picturing the Family

Ideology and Methodology of Portraiture with a family history focus.
Many other courses available, including IT. (Online 12 hours)
Anytime. OpenLearn
Oatridge
College
Digital
Photography.
A hands-on workshop where you work through
the whole process step by step. (1 day)
Check website for possible dates. Digital
Photography Workshop
Inveralmond
Community High School
Digital
Photography Editing
Call for further details. Call
01506 439 631
Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus) Working with Photoshop – Beginner and Advanced evening classes. Check website for details. Call
01324 403 123
www.forthvalley.ac.uk