Posted Thursday October 08, 2020 by Melissa Reilly


What do you like about living in Lanark? What do you think could be better?

We live in a very unique location with the Royal Burgh of Lanark, New Lanark World Heritage Site and the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve – all on our doorstep! A group of organisations who represent these three areas are working hard on a plan named The Vision for Lanark (#LanarkVision) to help make this a better place to live, and to help spread the word far and wide about our special place ‘Lanark, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde’.

Young people are the future of this area, so we’d like to know what your thoughts are! We are launching a Young People’s Photo Challenge to give all Primary and Secondary School students in this area the chance to have their say.  The project is about Lanark and its surrounding area but any Grammar school pupils living outside the area may also take part, as long as their photographs are of the Lanark area.

The challenge is simple and involves two parts –

  1. take a photo of a place nearby that means something to you; this could be of Lanark, New Lanark or the Falls of Clyde; and
  2. in max 200 words tell us why you have chosen this place, and what you could do to make it better.

We want to know why you think it is special.  Do other people know about it?  If it is a place you really don’t like – we want to hear about that too!  What’s wrong with it? How could it be improved?

We are offering a prize to the winner and the runner up in each of three school year categories and all the entries will be considered as part of the public response to the consultation currently taking place in the community on how to make Lanark and its surrounding area a better place to live, work and enjoy.

Please read below for the challenge’s full terms and conditions.

Prizes are sponsored by Border Biscuits Community Support Fund.


Terms and conditions

  • The competition is being organised by the Lanark Community Development Trust on behalf of the Vision for Lanark partnership.
  • The photo challenge runs from 8th October – 15th November 2020.
  • To enter the challenge,  young people must email their photograph and text to  and also include their name, school year and school name. Parents can email on a young person’s behalf.
  • The text to accompany the photograph should be no more than 200 words.
  • Photographs can be either portrait or landscape format and can be taken on a phone, DSLR or digital camera.
  • The competition is open to the following school year groups (i) Primary 5 to 7, (ii) Secondary 1 to 3 and (iii) Secondary 4 to 6 pupils attending school in Lanark. (Lanark Primary School, Robert Owen Memorial Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, New Lanark Primary School, Kirkfieldbank Primary School, Lanark Grammar School and Stanmore House School)
  • Each entrant may submit only one entry.
  • There will be an overall winner who will win a voucher for £50 and a runner-up who will win a voucher for £20 chosen from each of the three categories (i) to (iii) above.  A panel of judges appointed by the organisers will vote on the winning entries and their decision is final.
  • Submitted work must be the entrant’s original, unpublished work which does not breach anyone else’s copyright. Work that has already been sold to another party cannot be submitted. By entering the competition, you confirm this and accept liability for any copyright breaches.
  • By entering the competition, you give Lanark Community Development Trust and The Tolbooth Trust permission to publish your entry on their websites, social media, in press and in print material.
  • Entrants may be asked if they wish to be contacted in the future regarding other users of their photographs.


Further reading…


Following the success in establishing Discover Lanark in 2019 to take forward the Business Improvement District, the Lanark Community Development Trust embarked on a new strategy in partnership with New Lanark Trust, Discover Lanark, and more recently the Scottish Wildlife Trust, to strengthen the heritage led approach to the regeneration of Lanark, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde.   A report “A Vision for Lanark 2020-2030” has been prepared by consultants as a basis for community consultation on how best to realise the Vision.

To download a copy of the report, please visit

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