Glasgow Tower ready for its close up

9th June 2014 

To help celebrate the re-opening of the iconic Glasgow Tower, Glasgow Science Centre is encouraging people of all ages to polish their camera lenses, choose their filter and take their best shot to be in with a chance of being crowned winner by a famous Scottish photographer.

With of the eagerly anticipated re-opening of the 127m tall Glasgow Tower this summer, the Clydeside attraction has teamed up with celebrated Scottish photographer, Jeff Mitchell, to encourage people to capture their image of the Glasgow Tower. Fresh from being named as Getty Images European News Photographer of Year, Jeff is calling on all budding photographers to get ‘snap happy’ and submit their best shot of the Glasgow Tower to be in with a chance of being exhibited during the summer relaunch and taking home £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Launching on Monday 9th June, the competition is open to all to submit their images through the Glasgow Science Centre’s official Facebook page. The five most popular images, as voted for by the public, will go through to the final, along with one other image as selected by the Glasgow Science Centre Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Breslin. Photographer Jeff Mitchell will then evaluate each finalist’s entry, judging them on originality, creativity, setting and overall quality to find the champion of the challenge.

Dr Stephen Breslin said: “The Glasgow Tower has been an iconic part of the city’s landscape for over a decade. We have seen some of the stunning photographs that visitors from around the world have taken in the past, so it seems like a fitting way to celebrate the re-opening of this engineering wonderpiece.

“I am pleased to launch this photography challenge with the support of a talented and renowned photographer, such as Jeff Mitchell as our guest judge. I look forward to seeing all the different ways in which people have captured the image of the Glasgow Tower and would encourage everyone, no matter of photographic skills, to take up the challenge and take their best shot.”

Award-winning photographer Jeff Mitchell added: “I’m excited to be involved in such a fun opportunity for people to join in the celebrations of the relaunch of the Glasgow Tower by capturing  and sharing their view of the Glasgow Tower. The Tower has been a prominent part of the city’s skyline for so long that I am sure we will get a wide-range of entries from all over the world

“With the competition being open to all ages and levels of ability, I am looking forward to seeing all the entries and it will be interesting to see how different people approach their images. My tip to entrants would be to make sure you have fun when taking your photographs – that’s one of the best parts of photography!”

“It is going to be difficult to competition to judge and I am happy that the Facebook fans and the Science Centre will shortlist the finalists. Not only will it be a fun challenge to conquer but I’m also really looking forward to being involved with the re-opening of one of Glasgow’s fantastic landmarks.

The Glasgow Tower photography challenge launches on Monday 9th June, with entries being accepted via the Glasgow Science Centre Facebook page, using #GlasgowTower, up until Wednesday 18th June at 5pm when entries close. For more information on the competition please visit or to enter please visit the Facebook page here ( Terms and conditions apply and are available on the Glasgow Science Centre website.


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