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Glasgow Photographers Dominate Scottish Portrait Awards

The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award, the country's most prestigious photography award, is open to anyone over the age of 16 and born, living or studying in Scotland, and features only black and white photography.

BBC News reports that Glasgow photographers have dominated this years competition, with four out of the five finalists hailing from the city, all hoping to win the £3,000 prize.

Fellow Glaswegian and photographer Simon Murphy is one of the award’s judges for this year, who said that the competition was very intense for 2020, as there have been twice as many entries as previous years, and that entries were to a very high standard.

“All the judging is done anonymously”, he explained. “We have no idea who took the photographs and entries came from all over the country. It turned out that half the photographs chosen by the judges for the 2020 exhibition were from Glasgow photographers – and so are four of the five photographers nominated for prizes.”

Tommy Ga-Ken Wan, Samuel Temple, Robert Andrew, and Peter Iain Campbell will see their work displayed exhibitions across Scotland.

The prize winners are due to be announced via a live-streamed show on the Scottish Portrait Awards website on Wednesday 18 November, beginning at 8 pm.

The Scottish Portrait Awards also offer prizes in fine art. The exhibition is on in Edinburgh until 28 November, at the Glasgow Art Club from mid-January to mid-February and then travels on to Banff.

The Scottish Portrait Awards are run by a team of volunteers supported by the Scottish Arts Trust. To book free tickets to the exhibition see

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