Salon photography competition returns to Brechin after 90 years

In the Rain by Veikko Wallstrom, Finland
In the Rain by Veikko Wallstrom, Finland

Photographers from around the world will showcase their work at the Mechanics’ Institute when the Scottish photography competition returns to Brechin after 90 years.

Judges for the 90th Scottish International Salon of Photography contest, which was last held in 2008, will have a hard task on their hands as the competition has been inundated with entries with almost 4500 prints submitted.

These prints represent the most outstanding images captured by 638 of the world’s elite photographers representing 47 countries around the globe.

An exhibition of 200 images, judged to be the best in the competition, will be presented at the Mechanics’ Institute in Brechin.

Brechin Photographic Society hosted the Scottish Salon in February 1923 when they organised and exhibited the 15th contest.

In 1923 the honorary president of the Scottish Photographic Federation was W. Shaw Adamson DL JP of Careston Castle who also acted as the Salon chairman.

The Brechin Photographic Society have extensive archives containing a catalogue of the exhibition in 1923 giving a fascinating insight into photography 90 years ago.

To compliment this event and in honour of their 125th Anniversary, Brechin Photographic society are preparing an exhibition of their work in the Town House Museum.

The first ever meeting of the Brechin Photographic Society took place in the Episcopal Schoolroom on October 4, 1888.

Those present at the meeting were Dr Anderson, Messrs Jamieson, Lyall, Middleton, Mackie, Waterson, Brown, Hodgeton and Ross.

After some discussion as to the objects of such an Association, Mr Jamieson propsed and Mr Brown seconded that a Photographic Association be formed.

Both exhibitions will open from May 19 to June 8 and entry will be free of charge.