Photo competition focuses on town improvements

Some of the most recent restoration works have seen the transformation of McLean Place on Main Street.
Some of the most recent restoration works have seen the transformation of McLean Place on Main Street.

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In honour of Campbeltown being shortlisted for Scotland’s Most Improved Place in the 2020 SURF Awards, Explore Campbeltown has launched a photography competition focusing on the town’s improvements.

Kate Watt of Explore Campbeltown said: ‘The town is certainly looking fantastic and it’s been great to see such a buzz in the town centre recently.

‘We’re launching a photograph competition to find images that showcase Campbeltown’s improved town centre, for example, daytime and evening streetscapes, shopfronts and Christmas window displays, people coming and going, and/or enjoying the shops, Christmas lights, the buildings on Main Street and Longrow South that have been repaired as part of the Campbeltown Area Regeneration Scheme and so on.’

To enter the competition tag @explorecampbeltown on Facebook and use the hashtag #ExploreCampbeltownPhotoComp.

There is no limit on the number of photographs each person can submit but, by entering, photographers give permission for partners in the regeneration scheme to use their images to help promote Campbeltown and the regeneration scheme to a wider audience on social media, partner websites and print.

There is even a prize up for grabs – a bottle of Watt Whisky, 19-year-old blended malt whisky for the best senior (aged 18-plus) photograph and a £30 voucher for a local shop of the winner’s choice for the best junior image. Entrants must state on their posts if they are aged under 18.

Entries must be in by December 31 and will be judged early in the new year by members of the Campbeltown Community Council and Explore Campbeltown. Prize-winners will be notified by January 15.

For those not on social media, entries can also be submitted by emailing

Even if photography is not your forte, anyone can still get involved as Kate explains: ‘Even if you don’t want to participate, a wee ‘share’ would be appreciated and don’t forget to have a look through the entries and ‘like’ your favourites.

‘Thanks to Watt Whisky and the partner organisations for donating the prizes. Good luck, everyone!’