Posted Friday November 27, 2020 by Melissa Reilly

Judges have selected the winners of Lanark Young People’s Photo Challenge which took place this autumn as part of the wider Lanark Vision 2020 – 2030 Public Consultation.

To capture the views of local young people, Pupils from P5 to S6 were asked to share a photograph of a view that was special to them and up to 200 words explaining why they had chosen it and what could make it better. Entries were organised into three categories: Primary 5-7, Secondary 1-3 and Secondary 4-6, and a prize was allocated to the winner and runner up in each category.

46 entries were received across all Primary Schools in Lanark (Lanark Primary, St Mary’s, Robert Owen, New Lanark and Kirkfieldbank), Lanark Grammar School and Stanmore House School.

As with the main Public Consultation, the over-riding sense is that the young people of Lanark like living in their town and feel it has a lot of potential, with its history and special natural places, but some areas are a little run down, or under-valued, and could be improved for all who live here. There were some really insightful comments and good improvement suggestions as well as possible solutions to problems, such as littering, which appears to be a large concern for many.

“Lanark has so much history and potential.”

“I would improve Lanark by giving it some more colour perhaps a fresh lick of paint in some places or maybe even just something new, something to add a little bit of spice back into Lanark.”

“The nature around the Falls of Clyde is very mood lifting.”

“…we have been going to New Lanark Mill and walking there at least twice a month. During lockdown we used our daily exercise time on some days to go and walk around the Loch by following the one-way system that was put in place.”

The results of the Challenge are as follows:

Category 1 (P5 – P7)

  • Joint winners: Lara McCauley (St Mary’s) and Heidi McFerran (Robert Owen)
  • Runner up: Rose MacDonald (Robert Owen)

Category 2 (S1 – S3)

  • Winner: Reilly Thomson (Lanark Grammar School)
  • Runner up: Carla Tait (Lanark Grammar School)

Category 3 (S4 – S6)

  • Winner: Connor Fallon (Lanark Grammar School)
  • Runner up: Jay Parker (Lanark Grammar School)

Special Commendations were awarded by the judges to entries worthy of special mention:

  • ‘Outstanding Photograph’ – Sophie Dobb (Lanark Grammar School)
  • ‘Best written submission’ – Ailsa West (Lanark Grammar School)
  • ‘Most Inclusive Idea’ – Orange Class (Stanmore House School)
  • ‘Mental Health Message’ – Kyle Stanfield (Stanmore House School)

Kyle’s timely message which caught the attention of the judges was, “Bridges are good because they join things together, which is hard just now, but will get better soon.”

The Lanark Vision Partnership will be reviewing the entries and extracting potential projects to be taken forward. The winning entrants will be presented with their prize vouchers which is being arranged for later in December when South Lanarkshire has moved out of Tier 4.

A gallery of the winning entries will be available on the Lanark Community Development Trust Facebook page –

Further information about the Lanark Vision project is available at

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