Harry Benson Instagram competition launched


A photography competition which will be judged by world renowned photographer Harry Benson has been launched this week by the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh MSP.



A free exhibition of some of Harry’s most iconic images are currently on display at the Scottish Parliament. Harry Benson: Seeing America captures significant moments in America’s social, political and cultural history over the last 50 years.

Inspired by the exhibition and Harry Benson, the #SeeingScotland competition asks people to share their photos on Instagram that encapsulate:
• Your life in Scotland
• What Scotland means to you
• A celebration of Scotland

Entering the competition just requires people to include the #SeeingScotland hashtag in the caption of their photo and follow the Scottish Parliament on Instagram @scotparl.

Every week a winner will be chosen. The winner of each week will receive feedback on their image from Harry Benson. Harry will then choose three finalists.

On St Andrew’s Day these three photos will go to a public vote on Facebook and Instagram to decide the #SeeingScotland winner. The finalists will then be awarded first, second and third prizes, which will include signed Harry Benson books, their winning Instagram photo framed alongside Harry’s feedback and a special tour of the building by the Presiding Officer.

The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Ken Macintosh MSP said:

“This competition aims to provide a celebration of Scotland through the medium of photography. We wanted to use Instagram because it’s a very visual way to share experiences. I want people to engage with and feel connected to their Parliament and this competition offers a unique opportunity to do so.

“The Parliament has a major spotlight on photography with the Harry Benson exhibition that is currently on display. So it provides an opportunity from people from across Scotland to be inspired by Harry’s work but then to get involved themselves.

“Of course there are many ways people can feel part of their Parliament by coming on a free tour, attending parliamentary business or engaging with a Committee. We also hope to use Instagram more generally as a way to provide an interesting insight into what goes on in the Parliament.

Harry Benson said:

“Now with digital cameras and the new mobile phones, you can photograph what you see, but what you see should inform.”


The full terms and conditions of the competition are available here. If you have any questions about the competition you can email us: seeingscotland@parliament.scot

The Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition is on display at the Parliament until 3 December.


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