Photographic competition


The organisers of the 2022 research theme Enchantment and Wonder are delighted to announce the second joint HARC/SILK photography competition. This is to accompany the seminars and other activities of our current research theme.

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The photography competition will commence on 1 May and run until 1 September. Only photographs taken over this period are eligible. This is open to photographers of all levels but restricted to UHI academic and administrative staff, and students. We are looking for a range of styles and well-crafted and imaginative images. Photographs may be taken on any device, including phones.

Enchantment & Wonder is the third HARC/SILK research theme. The aesthetic of enchantment and wonder has been influential across a range of historical cultural movements: Renaissance drama, Enlightenment philosophy, Romantic literature; only to be eroded by Victorian scepticism and twentieth century postmodern cynicism. Over recent years enchantment and wonder have been rehabilitated as a theme of research in a range of disciplines.

We can explore and expand the parameters of enchantment and wonder and draw in a range of disciplines to reveal different sites and contexts of enchantment in the past and contemporary life - enchanting phenomena - that surprise, fascinate, disturb, disorientate and provoke awe and wonder.

The experience of enchantment and wonder is part of being human and in danger of erosion in today’s world. In this UHI research theme for 2022 we wish to celebrate and explore enchantment and wonder in all its manifestations.

Each person may enter up to three photographs. Photographs must be taken during the competition period.

Please send your photographs by email (subject: Photo competition) in jpeg format to Pàdruig ( Make sure each photograph is clearly labelled with your initials and photo title (e.g. S.C.– photo title). The photographs will be judged by our two SILK experts: Lindsay Blair and Matt Sillars. Winners will be announced in October and have their photographs put up on either the cluster's or UHI main website.

Terms and conditions

  • All copyright remains with the photographer
  • Images which are entered will be used in SILK/HARC Enchantment and Wonder Conference publicity and may be shown online in UHI social media and on the UHI website.
  • Full image credit will be added to all social media and online use.
  • Images will only be used for other purposes by UHI or the Research Clusters in negotiation with the copyright holder.