Go Wild Scotland photo competition

The Go Wild photography competition encouraged submissions of wildlife and scenery on the National Cycle Network in Scotland. We're delighted to reveal the winners of the 2018 competition. 

scenic view of National Cycle Network in Scotland

We invited people who enjoy the National Cycle Network of all ages, backgrounds and photography experience levels to submit their best images of the National Cycle Network in Scotland. We looked for photos that reflect the National Cycle Network as an amazing place to spot wildlife and experience nature when travelling by foot or bike. The competition is part of our Greener Greenways project, part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage.

We offrered some fantastic prizes for winning entries, and shortlisted entries will be featured on the Union Canal for visitors to see during the month of August, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

There are three categories for participants to enter, with a prize awarded for the winner of each category. Please see the winners below. 


Lucy Hodson entered this winning photo of a 'displeased redshank', spotted in North Uist, National Cycle Network 780 ‘The Hebridean Way’.

“We were endlessly greeted by the ‘tew-tew’ call of redshanks who had spied us cycling towards them. My bird book describes them as ‘noisy and nervous waders’, which is perfect. One would land on a nearby fence post, assessing how much of a risk we were to their nearby nests. It was great to see the bright orange legs up close!”

This category is sponsored by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Union Canal

David Prisk entered this winning photo of the Union Canal in Edinburgh. 

“Leisurely pace, lovely and peaceful and the bird singing. All within reach of Edinburgh City Centre. What more could you want!”

This category is sponsored by Scottish Canals.


Michael Morgan captured this winning photo of  Kenmore, on National Cycle Network 7. 

“I’d cycled up from Perth to Kenmore and was greeted by this stunning setting, where the sun was burning off the mist. It made the journey worthwhile!”

This category is sponsored by Sustrans Scotland

Snail on National Cycle Network path

We’ve teamed up with Scottish Canals and Scottish Wildlife Trust to offer some amazing prizes for winners, including a family trip to the Falkirk Wheel, Funghi books and the opportunity to adopt an animal like a puffin, osprey or otter for example.

If that’s not exciting enough, the nine shortlisted entries will also be featured on the Union Canal hoardings in Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Make sure to visit the canal during August to see the stunning display.

Please note the competition is now closed.

Photos should be in submitted in .jpeg format and no more than 10MB in size. Please ensure images are 300dpi. If you are unsure what this means, please email [email protected].

Send your submission by email to photocompeti[email protected] with the following information:

1) Your name 

2) Your contact telephone number and email address

3) Category you are entering

4) Location of where the photo was taken, including National Cycle Network Route number 

5) Background to your photo - for example, where you were travelling to, what inspired you to take the photo etc.  

Entries will be shortlisted and the nine chosen entries will be uploaded to our Facebook Gallery on 2 July.

All of the shortlisted entries will be displayed during August, and the winner of each category will be chosen by the public.

Whichever photo receives the most votes wins. 

As with most competitions, there are a few terms and conditions, if you intend to enter please read below carefully:

Closing date for entries is Monday 18 June 2018.

No more than two entries per person, per category.

Photos must be sent by email in digital format. Max file size should be 10MB. Entrants must have full copyright for any images they submit.

Nine shortlisted photos will be chosen by representatives from Sustrans Scotland, Scottish Canals, Scottish Wildlife Trust and SNH. All nine of these photos will be displayed on the Union Canal throughout the month of August 2018.

The shortlisted photos will be uploaded on to our Facebook Gallery. The winning photos are the ones which receive the most ‘likes’ on our Facebook Gallery by Sunday 16 July 2018. The shortlisted photos will be uploaded on to our Facebook Gallery. No correspondence will be entered into.

The winning photo in each category will receive a prize.

Entrants give Sustrans Scotland permission to display the image in their Facebook gallery, on a public display on the Union Canal in August and in other promotional materials relating to the competition.

Entrants 18 or younger must have their parent or legal guardian’s permission to enter the Competition. Entrants must supply a valid email address for their parent or legal guardian, who will be contacted by Sustrans to consent on the entrant’s behalf to these terms and conditions of entry to the Competition.

Shortlisted entries will be used in Sustrans promotional materials and digital channels.

Unless we are asked by the photographer to withhold their information we will always credit the photographer.

The competition is part of the Greener Greenways project, part-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage.


If you would like to find out more about the competition please email [email protected].

You can also join the discussion about the Go Wild photo competition on Twitter by using the hashtag #WildNCN.

If you would like to help us record wildlife in your local area or help look after the National Cycle Network, get in touch