Last year we had some great submissions to the Scottish Hosteller photography competition. Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered.

First prize: Michael Chadband, a student living in Glasgow, walks past the Kelvingrove Art Gallery every day, and won first prize with this unusual image of the Victorian institution.
Second prize: Grahame Nicoll was runner-up with this spectacular picture taken from Ben Damph while staying at Torridon Youth Hostel at Hogmanay.
Third prize: This relaxing image of boats at anchor was captured while Belgian hosteller Stefan Leempoels stayed with his family at Lochranza Youth Hostel on Arran.
Last year’s winners win vouchers to spend at Scottish youth hostels.

2017 Competition...

This year we’ve teamed up with VAUDE, who are kindly giving rucksacks to our winners. VAUDE is a family-run company making high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment for mountain and bike sports and is Europe’s most environmentally friendly outdoor brand.

VAUDE takes its social and environmental responsibility very seriously and is committed to making the world a better place so that the people of tomorrow can enjoy nature with a clean conscience. They offer a wide range of outdoor clothing, shoes, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and accessories for mountaineering, ski mountaineering, trekking, hiking, mountain biking and road cycling, all engineered to maximise performance and minimise weight.
Please visit for more information.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is unable to return photographs and has the right to use winning entries in our publicity materials. Winners will be notified by email after the closing date of 31 October 2017. The editor’s decision is final. The prizes are as stated and may be subject to availability. First prize: Zerum 48+, second prize: Citus 24, third prize: Uphill 9. Colours may vary from those shown in photographs. There is no cash alternative.

Technical specification for entries...

Photographs should be taken in or around our youth hostels. Each entrant may submit up to two images. If you are emailing images, they should not be larger than 3MB per image. If your image wins, we may ask for the original-sized images to be sent as print quality 300dpi.

To enter please send your images by email to


First Prize: Zerum 48+
Extremely lightweight touring backpack, which weighs only 1,180g. This new ultralight backpack will help you feel lighter and go further on your hikes.

Second prize: Citus 24
One of the lightest hiking daypacks on the market. Weighing only 500g, this daypack has a ventilated mesh back and is extremely comfortable to wear.

Third prize: Uphill 9
This lightweight backpack weights only 325g and is ideal for cycling, running and walking. You can also attach a helmet or jacket on the front if required.