Media Release: Talented schoolchildren capture what Scotland means, on film

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THE nationwide hunt for a young photographer who could sum up ‘What Scotland means to me’ has concluded, with a high school pupil from Kingussie in the Highlands claiming the top prize.

Seventeen year-old Rona Stewart, a S6 pupil at Kingussie High School, was declared overall winner of the Scran Schools Photo Competition, from over 400 entries from across Scotland.

Angus Johnston (12), a P7 pupil from Dunbarney Primary School in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, was declared runner-up and winner of the primary school category, with his picture of friends jumping into a harbour.

Rona and Angus won an iPad Air each, while Rona picked up ten iPads for her school and Angus five for his.

The Tiree class at the Isobel Mair School in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, impressed judges with their group picture and won the additional support category. The school has won three iPads for use in its classrooms.

The competition was held to celebrate Scran’s 20th year and asked schoolchildren to show ‘What Scotland Means to Me’, in a photo.

The judging panel comprised Graham Turnbull, head of Enterprises, Anne Martin, digital imaging manager, both from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), and Jo Hanley, a commercial photographer based in Edinburgh.

Graham Turnbull said: “We were very impressed by the range and quality of the entries, as well as the humour they displayed. Choosing the winners was a very difficult task.

“The winning images will now be placed on Scran, alongside some of Scotland’s most iconic photography from across the ages.

“We wanted to celebrate and promote photography in our 20th anniversary year and the response from schools has been terrific.”

Anne Martin said: “At Scran we review and compile historic and contemporary photography to make it available for schools, universities and a wider audience, so we have high expectations.

“Rona’s photo is a fantastic composition. It’s sharp, beautifully-framed and captures her Highland heritage.

“We all agreed that Angus’s photo was full of energy and it’s clear to see the sheer enjoyment and excitement on the faces of the boys.

“The Tiree class’s photo is really lovely. It’s an atmospheric shot, with varied shades of green that invite you to wander down the path and into the woodlands.”

The images will now become records on Scran, sitting alongside material from National Museums Scotland, National Galleries Scotland and The Scotsman newspaper.

Scran works with over 3,000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities and hosts 480,000 images, videos and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media for educational use. All local authority schools in Scotland have full access to the service.


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  • The Secondary and overall winner is being presented on 22 April at Kingussie High School, Highland. The presentation will take place at the School Assembly starting at 09.05am. The school receives ten ipads.
  • The ASN winner is being presented on 24 April at Isobel Mair School, East Renfrewshire. This one was a joint class effort and the school will receive three iPads. The presentation will be at the School Assembly starting at 2.15pm.

  • Scran was conceived in 1995 and The Scran Trust – a registered charity – was formed shortly after. Its founding partners were The National Museums Scotland, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, The Scottish Museums Council and, by invitation, the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum.
  • The Scran Trust aims to provide educational access to digital materials representing our material culture and history. This is provided through the wholly-owned trading arm Scran Ltd. We are one of the largest educational online services in the UK supporting over 3,000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities.
  • We work in partnership with over 300 cultural institutions in Scotland and the rest of the UK. A number of institutions use our online solution – Scran-in-a-Box – to provide access to their own data. The learning resource service hosts 480,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It can be used as a superior form of clip art or for particular learning applications.

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