Stirling Photography Festival 2021

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Masts © Bill McKenzie, Stirling and District Camera Club and Exhibitor with our Hope and Passion 2018 Exhibition

Our 2021 theme:


With time over the past year melting day-into-day, swept along by the impact of the pandemic, and reflecting on Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waterways, the Creative Team have embraced the theme of Flow for this year’s Stirling Photography Festival.

Our hope is to connect with each other again through our programme of events and exhibitions, starting in August. Working with fabulous new partners and collaborating with our existing creative network, Flow 2021 will be a combination of live and online events and exhibitions.

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2021 Events

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

False Start, Limitless Ending

 Exhibition at Creative Stirling, 44 King Street, Stirling

7th September – 24th September, 2021

“False Start, Limitless Ending “  by Frank McElhinney, a series mapping the River Forth, which rises in the north of Stirling county, flowing through our city to the sea. Frank’s work is the perfect collection to celebrate our theme of Flow 2021. 


Anne Sproull - 2018 Entry

Hope & Passion #SPF2019

We’ll be selecting photographs submitted via the hashtag #SPF19 for our exhibition in August. The theme is “Hope & Passion”—so feel free to submit your interpretation of that! If you’d prefer to submit via email, you can do so by clicking here


Hope and Passion’ is our theme for 2019, designed to inspire a new and diverse programme of events and exhibits, and to engage a wide cross section of our community, both as contributors, sponsors and participants.

Kelly Gardner - 2018 Entry

Our Mission

The Stirling Photography Festival is an inclusive celebration of community. Our mission is to develop skills, create opportunities, and build relationships through a series of events, workshops, and exhibitions. Partnering with some of photography’s newest and finest talent from across Scotland, our aim is to connect our community through photography. We are delighted to have had the support of local businesses and Stirling’s cultural partners including Creative Stirling, the Engine Shed, the MacRobert Arts Centre, the Smith Art Gallery and Museum, the University of Stirling’s Art Collection and the culture team at the Tolbooth Theatre.

Our Vision

Our vision is to establish the Stirling Photography Festival as an annual event in Scotland’s events calendar. Our strengths are in the fact that we are truly a community festival, led by a diverse team of enthusiastic volunteers drawn from school, university, community and business backgrounds. We aim to provide grass roots support for artists, whilst continuing to offer accessible and inclusive programme of the highest standard and opportunities for involvement, whoever you are.

Some of our previous Entries

Claire Brunton

Darryl Comrie

Lauren Gunning

Our Place

2018’s theme was Our Place

Paul-Emile Grisard

How you helped…

We have big ambitions -

we’re looking to make 2019 even bigger than last year and to fix the Stirling Photography Festival into the city’s annual calendar of events. This year we are adding new partners to our programme including the Travelling Gallery, the University of Stirling Art collection, Forth Valley College, Stills of Edinburgh and Street Level Photoworks of Glasgow.

We’re running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to ensure we’re able to pay our festival artists and contributors fairly. Last year we ran on the goodwill of so many, and we are forever grateful for that, but this year we want to prove that we can make the festival sustainable, whilst keeping it accessible to all. This is where you come in!