Visions of Climate Heritage competition finalists announced

The shortlist of finalists for the Visions of Climate Heritage competition, where members of the public can help tell Scotland’s climate story, has been revealed  
Striking landscape photography, detailed sketches and evocative paintings are among the entries that have been shortlisted for the Visions of Climate Heritage competition announced today (Thursday 16 December).

Capturing scenes of environmental degradation, pollution, changing landscapes and extreme weather, the finalists across the categories including Best Photograph, Best Mobile Photograph, Best Artwork, and the Young Creative Awards, all showcase the wide-reaching impacts of and solutions to climate change in Scotland.

The finalists’ entries can be viewed in a visual gallery on the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) blog here.

Visions of Climate Heritage, which was launched to coincide with COP26, has been developed by HES in partnership with the Heritage Trust Network and the Scottish Council on Archives in response to the climate emergency.

The panel of judges who will determine the winners include Katharine Hayhoe, the internationally renowned climate scientist and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People; Phil Astley, the City Archivist for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives; Beverley Gormley, Programme Manager for the Heritage Trust Network; Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation for HES; and a representative from the HistoricScot Youth Forum.

As part of the competition HES has created a crowdsourced online exhibition of photography and artwork, to help tell Scotland’s climate – past, present and future – with the aim to harness the power of Scotland’s historic environment and cultural heritage to inspire climate action. The exhibitions are split into the competition’s three themes: ‘The past was a different Place’; ‘This is an Emergency’; or ‘A Greener Future’ and can all be viewed on the HES website.

Alison Turnbull, Director of External Relations and Partnership at HES, said

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the finalists of Visions of Climate Heritage, our first-ever crowdsourcing competition. We had a range of fantastic submissions and are delighted that so many people took the opportunity to help us tell Scotland’s climate story in unique ways.

“Through our Visions of Climate Heritage competition and exhibition, we can see the power that our history and heritage have to unlock creativity and get us thinking about climate change issues in a different way. The images that form this exhibition will also become an important resource for telling our continuing climate story, helping to inspire the positive and sustainable change required on our journey to net-zero.”

The judging for Visions of Climate Heritage will take place in the New Year and the winners will be announced in January 2022.

 

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