Scottish Salon

Founded in 1904; This is now an International Competition culminating in an Exhibition of photographic expertise. It is Scotland's only International Salon with both Print and Projected Digital Image Sections, which has gained patronage from FIAP and PSA.

We have received international recognition from the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for many years, and have had ‘Federation lnternationale de l’Art Photographique’ (FIAP) patronage continually for every Salon run since 1970. 

Annually we have seen work submitted by authors from over fifty Countries around the World. This event is judged in-camera by nine judges. This includes a panel of dedicated nature photographers, for the Nature sections. The accepted entries are then exhibited to the general public for two to three weeks during May/June. An A4 colour catalogue is produced and sent to all of the entrants. 

In 2016 we were to receive even more entries than in the previous year, which was itself a record entry. We received a total of 9,419 prints and PDIs from 56 Countries around the world, which were judged over a long weekend! A very big thank you to all our entrants over the years. We are also indebted to all of those who have volunteered their time to make it all happen.

The Scottish Salon is one of the SPF's Pre-Qualifying events for the PAGB Awards for Photographic Merit, and acceptances and awards gained in this event also count towards your FIAP and PSA Distinctions. 

Scottish Photographic Federation photographers won 50 Awards at the 2019 Scottish Salon - Have a look at the following galleries to see their photos - Colour Print and PDI Gallery 1 (click here) - Mono Print and PDI Gallery 2 (click here) - Nature Print and PDI Gallery 3 (click here)

96th Scottish Salon 2019 Results

The 96th Scottish International Salon of Photography 2019 was held, 115 years on since the first Scottish Salon was held in 1904. We received a total of 8148 from 903 authors made up of 5817 Projected Images and 2331 prints, the PDIs holding their own from last year, but prints being down. We had a good representation of entries from 50 countries 46 of which are represented in this year’s Acceptances, and 24 countries feature in our Awards but again we had a very large entry from the UK countries of 54.5%, with 2397 entries coming from Scotland alone.

The 96th Scottish Salon Exhibition Opening and Awards Presentation was held on Sat 18th May 2019, starting at 12.30pm, to which all Awards winners, entrants and SPF Club members were invited. The event was opened by the Provost of Fife Jim Leishman MBE, who also presented the awards. We were very pleased that our 115th year coincided with Kirkcaldy Photographic Society’s 120th Anniversary so that we were able to hang this year’s Exhibition back in the same gallery where the Scottish Salon Exhibition has been held four times previously.

The 96th Scottish International Salon of Photography 2019 Exhibition was co-hosted by the Scottish Photographic Federation, and one of our founder Clubs, Kirkcaldy Photographic Society, who are celebrating their 120th Anniversary this year. The Exhibition was held at Kirkcaldy Galleries, (previously known as Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery) from Sat 18th May to Sun 9th June 2019. 

You can find the full results for the 96th Scottish Salon on the Scottish Salon website  (click here) or for a copy of the 96th Scottish Salon Catalogue A5 size (14mb) (click here)

2019 Scottish Author's Successes

There were a number of Scottish Authors successful in the 2019 Scottish Salon. Scottish Photographic Federation photographers won no less than 50 Awards at the 2019 Scottish Salon. A few can be seen above and below.

All of the awards won by Scottish authors can be viewed now in three new galleries on this website. Have a look at the following *NEW* galleries to see their photos - 

Colour Print and PDI Gallery 1 (click here)  -  Mono Print and PDI Gallery 2 (click here)  -  Nature Print and PDI Gallery 3 (click here)

The Scottish Salon Nature Photographer of the Year was again a tight fought battle, with several Scottish Photographers in the running. With two awards and 7 acceptances Scottish Author; Lesley Simpson from Dingwall was the author who walked away with the 2019 title, closely beating Ian Mitchell (Bon Accord), Mike Cruise (PCPC) and Doug Berndt (Edinburgh) by only 1 point.

To see some of the Photographs taken at the Awards Presentations (click here)

2019 SPF Club Results
Club NameNo of EntriesAcceptance PointsAwards PointsTotal Points
Edinburgh Photographic Society3859502213571st
Dumfries Camera Club163540127152nd
Bon Accord Camera Club184420106143rd
Paisley Colour Photographic Club11338064994th
Carluke Camera Club99380104895th
Dingwall Camera Club6726043316th
Kirkcaldy Photographic Society10317022757th
Livingston Camera Club7416002348th
St Andrews Photographic Society6513041999th
Donside Camera Club50130018010th
Paisley Photographic Society49120016911th
Ayr Photographic Society48120016812th
Brechin Photographic Society6390015313th
Queens Park Camera Club6180014114th
Irvine Camera Club4590013515th
Motherwell Photographic Society3680211816th
Milngavie & Bearsden Camera Club385029017th
Cowal Camera Club226008218th=
Aberdeen Camera Club325008218th=
Dunfermline Camera Club272004720th

This is an International Competition culminating in an Exhibition of photographic expertise. It is the ONLY Scottish International Salon with both PROJECTED and PRINT Sections. Details of the 2019 Scottish Salon are available below. 

The 96th Scottish International Salon of Photography 2019 again had SIX Sections -

3 PRINT SECTIONS (Open Mono, Open Colour and Nature) (500mmx400mm Max; Mounted or Unmounted)

AND 3 PROJECTED DIGITAL IMAGE SECTIONS (Open Mono, Open Colour and Nature) (1600x1200 pixels maximum, jpeg)

Patronage has again been granted by PSA and FIAP. 

OVER 160 AWARDS have been presented in 2019, with PSA, FIAP, & SPF Medals, Ribbons and Certificates awarded.

AWARDS FOR - Nature Photographer of the Year - Best Club from Outwith the UK - Best UK Club Outwith Scotland - Best Scottish Club

Who Can Enter

The Scottish International Salon is open to all photographers whether SPF members or not. Entries are submitted in advance from throughout the world mainly in March up to the Closing Date 4th April 2019 - THIS EVENT IS CLOSED FOR ENTRIES

We have managed to extend our Drop-Off Points throughout the SPF network. Please see updated drop-off dates below

How to Submit for Scottish Entrants

*This event is now closed for entries* You require to submit your entry via our Scottish Salon website (click here) to complete your online entry. Full Rules and Definitions are also available there too (click here for Conditions of Entry) 

There are special awards for Scottish Residents to win in each of the sections. This is in addition to all of the other awards. You will automatically become eligible for these extra awards when you submit an entry.

There is also a Club Competition and a Trophy for the Best Scottish Club. One person from a Club has to organise and submit all of the entries in to our Online Entry via the Scottish Salon website (click here) - not this SPF website. Please select to enter as a Club, to get the discount price and the Club points. For how the Club results are worked out and full details about entering as a Club visit the Clubs/Groups area of the Scottish Salon website (click here) All Catalogues and results will be sent to the Club/Group organiser. 

The reduced Entry Fees for Club entries are - £1.20 per print or projected digital image (PDI) - meaning if you only want to enter 1 print in each of the 6 sections you only pay £7.20 Clubs must enter a minimum of 25 photographs to be eligible for this price.

CLUB COLLATION FORMS FOR 2019 ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPLY TO YOUR MEMBERS FROM THE DOWNLOAD AREA BELOW to aid in the completion of your entry. These are supplied in both Word and PDF so you can edit if you wish.

Re Hand-On to Edinburgh and Club Entries - As well as handing on Individual's or complete Club Entries; We are happy to hand-on part of a Club's entry to Edinburgh or substitute prints if required, just make sure you supply your entry in two boxes - Just select to forward your entry then email Libby with details and remember to complete Edinburgh's own Online Entry. Please Note - There is NO print hand-on to Northern Counties this year.

The link to Edinburgh International Online Entry System is supplied on the Rules page of the Scottish Salon website (click here)

Options for Print Delivery and Collection

Clubs can also use our SPF network to get their prints to and from the Salon for Judging to save on postage. I'm afraid there can be no extension to the 4th April 2019 deadline this year, so please ensure your entry is entered and sent to arrive by 4th - OR EARLIER TO THE DROP-OFF POINTS - SEE FULL DETAILS SUPPLIED ABOVE

Simply select 'To Collect/Warwick' option on the online entry system, and drop Libby an email via the Scottish Salon website to make arrangements to have your prints returned by collection or via the SPF network (non post).

Entries can be dropped off at Carluke, or to other members of the Salon Team who will be doing the sorting up until the Closing Date - Please contact the person of your choice as soon as possible to make sure they will be able to take the entry to Carluke after your delivery.

Members of the Salon Team that you can deliver to are - Robert Fulton or Tom Bell (Cumbernauld), Joe Prior (Glasgow), Jim Pollock (Larkhall), Allan Gawthrope (Aberdeen) - by 29th March 2019 or by 4th April to Carluke - They can all be contacted via the SPF Executive area of this website or download the DROP OFF POINTS download above. Prints can be returned the same way in most cases.

Please write on your entry form or put a note in your box who you would like to collect your prints from. Please be aware that this will be after 29th June 2019. Alternatively you can have your entry forwarded to Edinburgh International.

Using the Salon Online Entry system

Online Entry ‘HELP’ notes are available below and show the entire Online Entry process as screen grabs.

TIP 1 - When you go to validate your email address when signing up; If our email and validation link doesn’t appear very quickly, please check your Spam/Junk folder. If it’s in your Spam/Junk folder you will need to move it to your Inbox for the link to work. You should also mark us as “trusted”, to ensure you receive your results email or add web [at] scottish-photographic-salon.org to your address book. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a problem.

TIP 2 - Make sure YOU correct any errors before pressing the SUBMIT button. You can amend your entry and SAVE as often as you like up to this point. For any corrections after you have pressed SUBMIT please contact us.

TIP 3 - You can print out a copy of your completed Entry Form at any time. Please remember that we require a paper copy to be enclosed with your prints, or with your cheque or cash payment, if you are not paying by PayPal.

e-salon Newsletter

The Scottish Salon's newsletter the e-salon gives you up to date information about the current Salon. Those that receive the e-salon direct get the details first. The e-salon gives you hints and tips on entering, and also explains more about the awards that can be won and the Judges. 

Visit the Scottish Salon Results page (click here) of the Salon Website for all of the previous e-salons or sign up for your own copy by visiting the Scottish Salon website's mailing list area (click here).

You can download the most recent e-salon Newsletter below - This issue gives you details of the 2019 Scottish Salon

Full details of the 2018 Best Scottish Club are given below. Congratulations to the Best Scottish Club again for 2018, Edinburgh Photographic Society who were presented with the Octocentenary Trophy at the Salon Awards Presentation Day in June.

2018 Event

The Awards Presentation of the 95th Scottish Salon was on Saturday 9th June at Torrance House Gallery, East Kilbride, to which all Award Winners, SPF Club Members and Entrants were invited to attend. You will find all of the International award winning images for 2018 in the Scottish Salon Website Galleries in the Results area of the Scottish Salon Website (click here) Full results are also available to download from that page, and a copy of this year's catalogue is available to view or download (click here).

In 2018 the Scottish Salon again had 6 sections - Prints - Mono Open; Colour Open and Nature; Digital (PDI) - Mono Open; Colour Open and Nature; The 2018 event has been Judged and all Results have been sent out to Individuals or Group organisers. Catalogues and Awards are currently being dispatched.

Full details of the Scottish Salon are on the Scottish Salon's own website (click here) where you will find all of the Conditions of Entry. We are also on facebook (click here) and have our own e-newsletter called the e-Salon which you can sign up for by visiting our website (click here)

Scottish Photographic Federation photographers won 48 Awards at the 2018 Scottish Salon - Have a look at the following galleries to see their photos - (Click Here for Gallery 1) or (Click Here for Gallery 2) 

2018 SPF Club Results
Club NameNo of EntriesAcceptance PtsAwards PtsTotal PtsPlacing
Edinburgh Photographic Society3699202013091st
Dundee Photographic Society15545066112nd
Carluke Camera Club11942085473rd
Bon Accord Camera Club162370105424th
Dingwall Camera Club9731064135th
Paisley Colour Photographic Club8328083716th
Dumfries Camera Club8222063087th
Brechin Photographic Society13217043068th
Livingston Camera Club6316022259th
Queens Park Camera Club74140021410th
Milngavie & Bearsden Camera Club59140220111th
Donside Camera Club64130620012th
St Andrews Photographic Society8890017813th
Kirkcaldy Photographic Society41130217314th
Craigewan Photography Group7360013315th
Cowal Camera Club3490012416th
Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Photographic Society472006717th
Irvine Camera Club263025818th
Motherwell Photographic Society223005219th
2018 Scottish Author's Successes

There were a number of Scottish Authors successful in the 2018 Scottish Salon. A few can be seen above and below. All of the awards won by Scottish authors can be viewed now in two new galleries on this website For Digital Awards (click here) and for Print Awards (click here)

The Scottish Salon Nature Photographer of the Year was again a tight fought battle, with several Scottish Photographers in the running. With a number of awards and 7 acceptances Scottish Author; Ian Mitchell from Bon Accord CC was the author who walked away with the 2018 title.

2017 Event

The Awards Presentation of the 94th Scottish Salon was on Saturday 10th June at Torrance House Gallery, East Kilbride, to which all Award Winners, SPF Club Members and Entrants were invited to attend. The Scottish Salon Exhibition ran from 6th June to 16th June. Full results are available to download from the Results area of the Scottish Salon Website (click here) , a copy of the 2017 catalogue is available to view or download (click here).

In 2017 the Scottish Salon again had 6 sections - Prints - Mono Open; Colour Open and Nature; Digital (PDI) - Mono Open; Colour Open and Nature; The 2017 event has been Judged and all Results, Catalogues and Awards have been sent out to Individuals or Group organisers.

2017 Scottish Author's Successes

There were a number of Scottish Authors successful in the 2017 Scottish Salon. A few can be seen above and below. All of the awards won by Scottish authors can be viewed in three galleries on this website For Digital Awards (click here) and for Colour and Mono Print Awards (click here) and Nature Print Awards and Nature Photographer of the Year (click here)

2017 SPF Club Results

The Best Scottish Club 2017 - Octocentenary Trophy - Edinburgh Photographic Society - Four of their Award Winning entries can be viewed below.

2nd Dundee Photographic Society

3rd Carluke Camera Club

4th Dumfries Camera Club

5th Bon Accord Camera Club

6th Paisley Colour Photographic Club

7th Dingwall Camera Club

8th Donside Camera Club

9th Paisley Photographic Society

10th Cowal Camera Club

11th Livingston Camera Club

12th= Craigewan Camera Club and Milngavie & Bearsden Camera Club

14th Kirkcaldy Photographic Society

15th=  Brechin Photographic Society and Queen's Park Camera Club

17th Motherwell Photographic Society

18th Annan Photographic Society

2016 Scottish Author's Successes

There were a number of Scottish Authors successful in the 2016 Scottish Salon. A few can be seen below. All of the awards won by Scottish authors can be viewed in two galleries on this website - For Digital Awards (click here) and for Print Awards (click here)

Full results for the 93rd Scottish Salon are available on our Scottish Salon website and a copy of our 2016 Catalogue is available to view or download too (click here)

Our Exhibition ran from 31st May until 12th June at Torrance House Gallery, Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride. Our 93rd Scottish Salon Awards Presentation day was held on Sunday 5th June. A few photos from the Presentation of Awards are shown above. For more presentation pics visit the news article on the opening (click here)

2016 SPF Club Results

The Best Scottish Club 2016 - Octocentenary Trophy - Edinburgh Photographic Society - Three of their Award Winning entries can be viewed below.

2nd Dumfries Camera Club

3rd Bon Accord Camera Club

4th Carluke Camera Club 

5th Paisley Colour Photographic Club

6th Dingwall Camera Club

7th Donside Camera Club

8th Milngavie and Bearsden Camera Club

9th Livingston Camera Club

10th Queen's Park Camera Club

11th Stirling and District Camera Club

12th Craigewan Photographic Group

13th Kirkcaldy Photographic Society

14th Brechin Photographic Society

15th Motherwell Photographic Society

Best Scottish Club 2016 - Edinburgh PS
2015 Scottish Author's Successes

There were a number of Scottish Authors successful in the 2015 Scottish Salon. A few can be seen below. All of the awards won by Scottish authors can be viewed in two galleries on this website (click here) .

2015 SPF Club Results

The Best Scottish Club 2015 - Octocentenary Trophy - Dumfries Camera Club

2nd Edinburgh Photographic Society

3rd Bon Accord Camera Club

4th Carluke Camera Club

5th Dingwall Camera Club

6th Paisley Colour Photographic Club

7th Kilmarnock Photographic Group

8th Milngavie & Bearsden Camera Club

9th Queen's Park Camera Club

10th Stirling and District Camera Club