St Monans Community Arts Festival
Photographic Competition 202

Deadline for entries : 19th September

Photographers love St Monans. And why not? It’s a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful images. No wonder the village already features in many publications and films.

Now that the pandemic restrictions are relaxing, the Community Arts Festival Committee is hopeful that we will be able to hold some indoor events this year, with the arts festival taking place at the beginning of October, perhaps supplemented by some online and outdoor events.

And one way or another – whether with a physical or a virtual exhibition of the best entries – the photographic competition will still provide an opportunity to spotlight St Monans, the Photography Village.

If you are the best in your age category, then you’ll win a cash prize. And photos may also be featured in local publications. Because the festival is a little later this year, so is the closing date: you have until September 19th to submit your entries.

What we would like you to do is to submit a photograph with a St Monans theme. That could be a view of the village or of a particular landmark; or a scene of village life – perhaps an event, or people at work or play; photos of the Beautiful St Monans displays, or a local nature photo. Please include details of anybody who is prominent in the photo (they should give their permission), and where and when it was taken. Your photo should be sent by email to – make sure it is good quality: as a guideline, it should be at least 5 megapixels (most modern cameras and smart phones can do that).

We will award prizes in three age categories: adult, primary, secondary. The winners will be announced during the Arts Festival weekend.

Photographic Competition 2021 – the Rules

  1. There will be three age categories – child (primary); child (secondary) and adult. The winner of each category will receive – Child (primary) £25, Child (secondary) £50, adult £100.
  2. Entrants may submit up to three photographs. Entries should be submitted by 19th September, by email to including name, postal address, and phone number. By doing so, you are confirming that you will abide by the rules of the competition.
  3. Entries should be in .jpg format and preferably be at least 5 megapixels. Images may be enhanced to remove spots or scratches, correct colour balance, and so on, but please don’t overdo it, and also, do not manipulate content, e.g. by adding elements to the picture – the competition is about photographic rather digital editing skills, and will be judged accordingly.
  4. if it is possible to exhibit them in a village venue, a selection of the entries may be printed, mounted and displayed. You may also supply mounted prints to a maximum print size of 420mm x 297mm, with mounts not exceeding 500mm x 400mm.
  5. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges, who will consider a range of factors such as composition, technique, originality and interpretation of the brief.
  6. Entrants must not be professional photographers and, for the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes more than half their annual income from the sale of their photographs or their services as a photographer.
  7. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people prominently featured in the entries or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. Prior to submission, entries must not have been professionally commissioned; and entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries, or won or been a runner up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries.
  8. By submitting your photograph for entry into the competition you will retain your copyright and also hereby grant to the committee of St Monans Community Arts Festival (SMCAF), a royalty free, non assignable, worldwide, non exclusive license to use the photograph for publication for all time.
  9. If you enter the competition your photograph may be exhibited, published on and related Facebook, twitter, and web accounts; may be used in publicity for St Monans and associated projects; and by our sponsors in their magazines, publicity and website, or in any other media. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Entrants whose photographs are one of the finalists also agree to take part in post-competition publicity. While we make every effort to credit photographers, including in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every use of the photographs will include photographers’ names.
  10. Any commercial opportunities that arise following the publication of the submitted photograph will be notified to the photographer who will be free to negotiate terms independent of the competition. You will be free to decline any commercial usage licenses.
  11. All personal data provided to SMCAF and the competition sponsors in relation to this competition will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and you hereby consent to us processing all personal data for the purposes of this competition.
  12. By entering, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these rules and SMCAF reserves the right to exclude any entry from the competition at any time and in its absolute discretion if SMCAF has reason to believe that an entrant has breached these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If under 16, a parent or guardian must submit the entries and agree to the terms above.

Last year’s winners were:
Jerzy Morkis

Here are all the entries for this years 2020 Visions Photo Competition. Note that you can click on a photo and then view a carousel of the photos in that gallery, which will also let you see the photographer’s name for each one – but there are three galleries, separated by a small line (there’s a limit to the number of photos that can be posted in each), so you will need to scroll down to see all three.

Ian McKie