Winning image in Harry Benson photography competition goes on display at the Parliament


The Presiding Officer presents the Seeing Scotland winner with her prize.A photograph of a boy and his dog taken on the Solway Coast that won a photography competition inspired by world renowned photographer Harry Benson has gone on display in the Scottish Parliament.

Lorna Young who took the photograph is a marketing consultant based in Dumfries. She was in the Parliament to meet with the Presiding Officer and to see her photograph go on display in the Parliament’s public café.  Her prize also included a signed Harry Benson book and a special tour of the Parliament.

The #SeeingScotland Instagram competition was inspired by the Scottish Parliament’s Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition which was on display at the Parliament last year. The public were asked for photos of life in Scotland, and the shortlist was judged by Harry Benson himself. Almost 1000 people took part in the public vote to decide the winner.

In total the competition generated over 5000 entries from across Scotland.

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

“I would like to thank Lorna, Kristina, Natalya and the thousands of other people across Scotland who took part in this competition.  You only have to look at the Parliament’s Instagram account to see life in Scotland today reflected in a huge array of wonderful images.

“Lorna’s picture of her son and his dog captures a moment between them whilst showing off our country’s gorgeous coastline.  It is immediately clear why so many people chose it as their favourite.

“The competition may be over but Lorna’s photograph has been unveiled today and will go on display for our thousands of visitors to see and enjoy.  I hope it also has the beneficial effect of inspiring people to connect with the Parliament and their MSPs through Instagram.” 

Lorna Young said:

“It’s amazing to have won and wonderful to see Dumfries and Galloway’s scenery on display at the Scottish Parliament.  The Seeing Scotland competition was a great way of asking people to showcase their lives and communities across Scotland.  My photo captured a special moment, spending time with family on the beautiful beach at Mersehead, and I think that’s why people liked it.”

Second prize went to Kristina Trick from Rhu near Helensburgh whose photograph was of her little girl Skyla on the shoreline of Loch Lomond. Third prize went to Natalya Vahey whose photograph was taken in a sports bar on the Byers Road in Glasgow, when the football was on.


The #SeeingScotland Instagram competition was run alongside the Scottish Parliament Harry Benson: Seeing America exhibition. The public was asked for photos of life in Scotland, and the Shortlist was judged by Harry Benson himself. There were over 5000 entries from across Scotland over the 9 weeks of the competition.

The Scottish Parliament can be found on Instagram @scotparl.

About the winning image and photographer:

Taken by Lorna Young

Lorna is a marketing consultant based in Dumfries. 

About the photo: “It was taken on the beach of RSPB Mersehead nature reserve on the Solway Coast at the end of February – it was a lovely sunny late winter day with a low sun.  It was our puppy’s first day at the beach so my son (Alexander) was introducing our dog (Neo) to the beach and they were both running about and playing with sticks together.  I snapped the photo while neither of them were aware, so while the rest of our photos that day are full of action and posing and nonsense, this quiet moment, when they were simply enjoying each other’s company, is my favourite”.

About the photograph in second place:

Taken by Kristina Trick

Kristina is 29 and mum to her three year old, Skyla and works in the brae shop in Rhu, near Helensburgh.

‘I'm originally from Cornwall and I've been living in Scotland for just over a year and found it so beautiful I decided to buy my first ever camera and now I take it with me everywhere! I took this photo with my wee girl as we enjoyed a morning walk along the shoreline at Rhu as the sun came up.’

About the photograph in third place

Taken by Natalya Vahey @natalya.k.vahey

Natalya is a Glasgow based artist who works on film, painting, pictures and writing

“I take photos every day, recording my surroundings and what's happening in the Here and Now. I concentrate on capturing extraordinary light changes, street scenes, people in bars and cafe's around The West End, where I've lived over 10 years. The photo was taken in a sports bar on the Byers Road in Glasgow, when the football was on.'

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