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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We Need You!

Here at The Stirling Photography Festival, we are preparing to wrap up Flow 2021, and we need one last thing: Your vision of Flow for our online Flow 2021 exhibition and commemorative photobook.

Flow has been our theme this year and everyone has a different interpretation of what Flow means to them. So, we are looking for a collection of photos that reflects the theme of flow, to include in our digital exhibition and photobook, both of which will be launched in the New Year.

We look forward to seeing a range of creative interpretations of the theme of Flow – literal, abstract, and interpretive photographs will all make for an exciting collection. With only a short time available to submit we can only accept one picture per person, so send us your very best take on the theme!

Submissions for our Flow 2021 digital exhibition and photobook are open Now.

Closing date for entries is 18thof December 2021. Please check the terms and conditions before picking up your camera and following your Flow.


Theme: Flow. Entries should be inspired by the theme of Flow. The response to the theme can be literal or interpretative and we encourage outside of the box thinking.
Entries: One entry per person—send in your best photograph! The photograph can be one you’ve taken in the past.
Additional Info: Along with your picture we are requesting a title, the name of the photographer, a short explanation of your take on the theme of Flow (no more than 70 words) ,and a (optional) social media link to more of your work.
Submission: Entry needs to be submitted on the 2021 Submissions page BEFORE 18/12/2021.
Open to All: Open to photographers of all ages, skill levels and abilities, and with photographs taken on all formats of cameras and camera phones.
Own Work: All images entered must be entirely the work of the photographer.
Composite Images: are permitted provided all component images are the photographer’s own.
Successful Entrants: will be exhibited in our festival book (which you’ll get a small discount on), and take part in our exhibition in 2022.
Decision: Images must be deemed suitable for exhibition in public places and any image considered offensive will be excluded. This is at the discretion of the volunteer selection team, who have the final decision on entries. Judging will take place on the 19th of December.
Volunteer Selection Team: Made up of a team of volunteers who have been involved in organising and delivering the Stirling Photography Festival. Made up of photographers, lecturers and students of photography, and experienced judges.
Social Media: Feel free to share additional images on social media with the #SPFflow (tbc) for a chance to be featured on our social channels, but only one formal submission per person via email.
Image Permissions: All images submitted may be used by the Stirling Photography Festival for the purposes of the exhibition (print and online); to be displayed in our printed festival photobook which will be sold for fundraising; may be used in PR, advertising and fundraising for the festival in the future. No payment will be provided to use these images. Credit will always be given, regardless of where it’s displayed.

Flow 2021 Submissions

Submissions are now closed. Thank you. 

2021 Events

There are no upcoming Events at this time.


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!