- The Slezer photo competition is now closed. We will announce the winner in November.
Bring a historical view bang up to date through your lens, capture Scotland in all its glory and win a striking canvas print in the Slezer 300 photo competition.
Military draughtsman and adventurer John Slezer published the 'Theatrum Scotiae' in 1693. Featuring detailed engravings of towns, often depicting abbeys and castles, the book offers a vital shapshot of 17th-century Scotland.
Slezer died in 1717, and this photo competition aims to commemorate his death 300 years later by celebrating his life's work. Visit our Slezer's Scotland website for more about Slezer and his engravings.
We are inviting you to send us a photo that replicates a scene depicted in the 'Theatrum Scotiae'.
Your image should show as similar a view as possible to what Slezer recorded.
We know that you may not be able to reach the exact viewpoint that Slezer did — and that the perspectives in his engravings were not always entirely accurate.
All we ask is that the scene is recognisable to some extent when compared with Slezer's view.
We can accept a maximum of six images per person, which may be all of the same place or a mixture of different places.
How to enter
Email your entries to SlezerPhotoComp@nls.uk. The subject of the email should be 'Slezer photo competition'.
Ensure that you provide us with the following information:
- The place depicted in the photo (and / or the title of Slezer's engraving)
- If possible, the place from where the photo was taken
- Your name and address
- How you would like to be acknowledged if we use your photo(s) online or in print.
The competition is open from 13 July 2017 with a closing date of 13 October 2017.
Rules of entry
- This competition is open to everyone excluding National Library of Scotland staff and their agents, and the competition judges and their relatives.
- Photos must reflect — as closely as possible —a view that is depicted in Slezer's 'Theatrum Scotiae'.
- All entries should be submitted digitally, in jpeg format. Image entry file size must not exceed 2MB; resolution should be 300-400 ppi. Smartphone users are welcome to submit images.
- All digital adjustments must maintain the integrity of the image. Accepted digital adjustments include cropping, adjusting brightness/contrast and slight retouching (such as removing people/small objects in the shot). We cannot accept further alternation such as the inclusion of watermarks, borders, signatures and stylistic alterations such as colour popping.
- To respect the privacy of others, please avoid having recognisable faces in your photo.
- All entrants will receive an email acknowledging their submission to the photography competition. We are not responsible for emails that do not arrive.
- We are not able to accept any late entries.
Terms and conditions
By participating in the Slezer photography competition you (the individual submitting a work to the competition) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions set by the National Library of Scotland (the Library). By participating in the competition you are deemed to have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.
- The competition is open to everyone, excluding staff of the Library or their agents, and the competition judges and their relatives.
- All submissions must be original. You may not submit any work that you have previously published or submitted to another competition.
- You must be the sole owner of all copyright in any work that
you submit. You warrant that:
(a) The work you submit is solely your own original creation;
(b) You have obtained all necessary permissions in respect of the work, including the consent of any persons depicted in the work;
(c) You are the sole owner of copyright in the work; and
(d) The work does not infringe the copyright of any third party, any rights of any person or third party, or any other laws.
- You retain ownership of copyright in the work you submit.
- You grant the Library a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, publish, and distribute any work that you submit through the competition for the purposes of running and promoting the competition and for running and promoting the Library, our collections and services, including through our websites and publications and on social media. The Library will not commercially exploit the work you submit for direct value.
- You hereby waive any moral rights that you have in the work in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, solely in favour of the Library. However, the Library will endeavour to provide attribution to you as the creator of the work where practical.
- The Library may cancel, amend, or alter the competition without notice at our sole discretion as the result of unforeseen events or occurrences or due to events or occurrences beyond our control ('force majeure' events).
- The Library may at our sole discretion reject any entries that are late, illegal, corrupt, incomplete, or that we otherwise deem at our sole discretion to be unsuitable.
- The Library is not responsible for lost or missing entries.
- The winning entry will be decided by a panel of judges. The judges' decision is final and non-negotiable.
- The winner will be selected within 30 days of the end of the competition. The winner will be notified within 10 working days of being selected.
- The winner of the competition is entitled to a print of a Slezer work of their choice as the prize for winning. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable. If the prize is unclaimed by the winner and, following reasonable efforts by the Library to award the prize to the winner, the Library reserves the right to award the prize to a runner up, to another entrant, or to disregard the prize and not award any prize to any entrant.
- Scots law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts shall prevail.
- Use of personal data:
(a) You agree to and consent for your personal data that you submit to the Library, including your name, address, and email address, to be used by the Library solely for the purposes of running the competition, awarding the prize, and providing due attribution to and provenance information for any submitted works that may subsequently be used.
(b) Your personal data will only be processed by the National Library of Scotland and will not be transferred to any third party.
(c) Your personal data will be processed fairly, lawfully, and in accordance with our privacy statement and the Data Protection Act 1998.
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