Scarborough & District Civic Society 


Throughout the country civic societies are this year celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the start of Conservation Areas and Scarborough is no exception. The Society has decided in conjunction with Scarborough News to hold a photographic competition which is open to all.

Conservation Areas are zones which help to give the town its unique character and attractiveness. This uniqueness takes various forms, such as a group of significant buildings or an area which is famous (or even notorious!) for a particular reason, such as a fisherman’s quarter or the site of some historical event.

Large swathes of Scarborough are within its Conservation Areas, but photographs of anything in the town are valid for this competition. It is not a competition for the most perfect photograph and entries are just as valid whether taken on expensive professional equipment or the most inexpensive phone camera.

Submissions can be either in print or digital and £100 prizes are to be had! In addition, the winning entries will be publicised on the Civic Society’s website and in the Scarborough News. And the entries will feature in an exhibition to be held at The Central Library on Vernon Road between 5th of June and 10th of June. Entrants do not have to be Civic Society members and the judges will include Ed Asquith the Scarborough News Editor and Andrew Clay, Director of Woodend Creative.  

What the judges will be looking for is the entrant’s view of what makes a particular area or scene attractive, enjoyable or distinct and what makes him or her proud to live in Scarborough so the description of the photograph is important.

The competition open on May 1st and closes at midnight on 27th of May 2017 so plenty of time to capture that special shot. Brief summary of the rules:

1. The subject for the competition is a view which the photographer finds attractive, enjoyable or distinctive and makes him or her have pride in Scarborough.

2. The subject must be within two miles of Scarborough Town Hall.

3.   Entrants should submit their photo either in colour or black and white and in either print or digital form.

4. The competition is open to all, whether members of the Civic Society or not. Entrants under the age of 16 years need to have parent or guardian consent to enter.

5. 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.

6. Each entry should be submitted with name, address, contact telephone number, where the photo was taken and the reasons why it evokes feelings of pride in Scarborough.

7. Digital entries should be emailed to

There are two age categories in the competition namely, under 16, 16 and over. The winner of each category will receive a prize of £100. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

The complete Competition Rules can be downloaded by clicking here

Digital entries please complete the contact document below and also email your JPG file to 
If you wish to submit your entry by post click here to download an entry form