World Heritage Nomination
The Forth Bridge
proposal to nominate The Forth Bridge
as a World Heritage Site
is to be submitted to UNESCO by Forth Bridges Forum in
early-2014, with a decision expected in 2015.
As part of the consultation exercise, leading
up to the nomination, Forth
Bridges Forum created a
Forth Bridge World
Heritage web site in which they announced a photography
The Competition Winners
The two winners
were announced on 28 November 2013.
Their photographs will be used in the submission
seeking World Heritage status for the bridge.
Transport Minister, Keith Brown awarded to each winner:
- a copy of the book
'Forth Bridge: Restoring an Icon' and
- a voucher for a 'VIP Tour
of the Bridge'
Please keep scrolling down this page to see
the winning photos and photographers.
Bathgate, West Lothian
Steam Train passing over the Forth
Steven, Bathgate, West Lothian
"Luckily, I'd taken along my father's
pocket camera and I managed to get a close-up of the steam train
crossing the bridge.
The photo still brings back many fond
memories of that time and I am delighted to have won the competition,
especially as my prize of a VIP tour will allow me to get back on to
the bridge and see it up close again."
Billy, now aged 81, brought to the
Prizegiving Ceremony the Kodak 127 Vest Pocket camera, that he used to
take his winning photo. Here it is, above,
standing in front of his winning photo.
Forth Bridge at Night from
Dalmeny Station Platform
Grant Ritchie, Edinburgh
Photo taken 27 February 2013
"I tried to achieve a unique view of the
iconic structure. The fact that my image will now be used in the
bid to secure World Heritage status gives me an enormous sense of
pride and achievement."
More of Grant's photos, some of the Forth
Bridge, some of other subjects mainly in and around Edinburgh can be seen on his
Real Edinburgh web site
and Facebook page.
on the photos entered in the competition
Thank you to Historic Scotland and Transport Scotland, and whoever
else has been involved in making the arrangements for this
competition. Thank you, also, to all the entrants for your photos.
There were only nine entries in the ‘Best
Historical’ competition and the quality of some of these was
disappointing. However, we were please to be able to select
was awarded to a photo of a steam train
crossing the bridge. This was taken with a Kodak Vest Pocket
camera in 1948 when a group of scouts from an International
Scout Jamboree at Blair Atholl was given permission to walk
across the bridge.
was awarded for a colour view of the bridge at night, lit for
the Forth Bridge Centenary Celebrations in 1990. It was taken
with an Olympus FE 4010 camera.
was awarded to a black and white view taken in 2000 by the same
photographer, using the same camera. It shows the bridge in a
rural setting looking across a harvested hay field at Duloch,
Fife, towards the bridge.
‘Best Contemporary Photograph’
There were over 240 entries in the ‘Best
Contemporary’ competition. It was very satisfying to see the wide
variety of the photos submitted and the overall very high quality of
the entries. Equipment used ranged from iphones (12% of the entries)
to Canon (35%), Nikon (25%) and other cameras (28%).
A small proportion of the entries fell down
on being very low resolution, out of focus or not featuring the bridge
sufficiently prominently in the scene, but the vast majority fitted
the brief well. They were technically high quality and included some
striking images. A small number of photographers included their name
within the picture, which seemed inappropriate as the identity of the
photographers was not otherwise known to the judges.
Visitors to some photographic exhibitions in
recent years have been unhappy to see many contrived and heavily
manipulated images, created by computer software. However, in this
competition, The Forth Bridge has shown that it is clearly able to
provide a wide variety of stunning images without the help of any
Where computer software has been used in this
competition, it has been mainly:
- to create black + white images by removing
the colour from photos
- to create panoramas by stitching several
photos together, and
- to merge photos with different exposures
into a single image using HDR software.
Some of the photos emphasized the huge scale,
ambition and engineering achievement of the bridge, showing it
towering over and dwarfing its surroundings. In other photos, it was
the classic design of the bridge that caught the imagination, with the
mass of ironwork in the cantilevers looking surprisingly delicate,
almost like lace.
About 150 of the photos were taken from the
south shore of the Forth, 70 from the north shore, 10 from the bridge,
9 from the Forth and 4 from the air. The two most distant views were
taken from the west, from Culross on the north side of the Forth and
from Blackness Castle on the south side.
Against strong competition, three winners
was awarded to a night-time view of the bridge, taken with a
long lens from the end of the west platform at Dalmeny station -
a photo with immediate impact. It’s not a typical photo of the
bridge showing its cantilevers stretching across the Firth of
Forth, but it certainly captures the grandeur and iconic nature
of the bridge, and does so in stunning lighting.
Place was awarded to a photo taken
from Hawes Pier, Queensferry, setting the bridge off against a
tower on the pier in the foreground. It used a long
exposure to create a calmer mood in the water and was another
photo with immediate impact!
Place was awarded to an atmospheric
shot taken from near the north end of the Forth Road Bridge,
capturing clouds over the Forth Bridge and mist passing over the
Firth of Forth.
24 Certificates of Merit
All three of the winning images were taken in
2013, the first two with Nikon digital SLR cameras and the third with
an iphone 4.
In view of the high quality of the entries
and the wide range of images, all showing different aspects of the
bridge and its setting, we decided that Certificates of Merit should
also be awarded. So we nominated a further 24 prints, each being
deemed worthy of receiving a Certificate of Merit.
It is hoped that it will be possible to
arrange for an exhibition to be staged in the coming months to include
all the Prize-winning images and those receiving Certificates of
The judges for this competition were:
- Peter Stubbs FRPS (Head Judge)
- Alastair Fife (Transport
Scotland and World Heritage Group Chair)
- Miles Oglethorpe (Historic
- Mary Finlayson (North
Queensferry Community Council
- Diane Brown (Queensferry
Edinburgh Evening News, yesterday, published
an article about the competition. It reproduces the two photos
above together with the photos in 2nd and 3rd place for Contemporary
Edinburgh Evening News, Nov 28, 2013, pp.22-23.
BBC News Scotland
web site, today, has a link titled:
'In pictures: collection of images
capturing different views of the Forth Bridge.'
Clicking on this
In pictures link will take you to a page that includes the six
winning photographs - 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section of the
BBC News Scotland web site: November 29. 2013
Forth Bridge World Heritage Web Site
Forth Bridge World
Heritage web site displays more photos, including:
- 1st, 2nd and
- 1st, 2nd and
- the 24 photos awarded Certificates
of Merit (Contemporary).
- a photo of the winners, Billy Stevens and
Grant Ritchie, with Transport Minister, Keith Brian.
It also has further information about the
competition and about the World Heritage nomination.