Dig Art! 2015

Dig Art! 2015

The past and future collide as advanced technology is applied to Caisteal Grugaig, an Iron Age broch in the Scottish Highlands. © Forestry Commission Scotland

Please note that the competition is now closed.

Dig Art! 2015 winners can be viewed by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Dig It! 2015 and Forestry Commission Scotland have joined forces to discover archaeology’s creative potential. Scotland’s heritage will take centre stage in this exciting competition for all ages. There are many different ways to enter and lots of prizes to be won, so grab your cameras, pencils, paintbrushes and trowels and show us what Scotland’s past means to you.

Who Can Enter?

The competition is open to all, whether you are a budding artist or smartphone photographer. There are three age groups, comprising Novice (under 16), Apprentice (16-24) and Artisan (25 plus).

When Can I Enter?

The competition will run from Sunday 31 May until midnight Sunday 19 July 2015.

What Can I Submit?

Participants will compete in four categories:

  • Snap It! – Grab your camera and capture a site, monument, object or the people who visit or even uncover them.
  • Wish You Were Here – Show us your photographs which put the archaeology, and perhaps its visitors, within the drama of its wider landscape setting.
  • Archaeology Is… – Mysterious? Beautiful? Muddy? This category is seeking artistic responses to archaeology and the medium is entirely up to you.
  • Putting the Art in Archaeology – Archaeologists, from dig volunteers to site directors, can present their artistic examples of plans, models, drawings and reconstructions.

‘Archaeology’ can mean a whole range of things, from the smallest prehistoric arrowhead to imposing industrial landscapes. Archaeology is all around us! Please click the links in each category for examples.

What Can I Win?

  • European Association of Archaeologists Glasgow 2015 Conference Banners – A selection of winning entries will be showcased on a massive scale at the international conference in September and included in the ‘Our Place in Time’ Arts Festival booklets.
  • History Scotland Coverage – Winning entries will be published on this website filled with daily news updates and expert articles on Scottish heritage, history and events.
  • Firecracker Recordings ‘Mac-talla Nan Creag’ CDs – Music inspired by archaeology and created to capture the feel of these ancient places.
  • Historic Scotland Explorer Passes – Historic Scotland care for the very best of Scottish heritage including some of the finest castles, palaces , abbeys and prehistoric sites. Among them are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. The Explorer Pass gives entry to all of Historic Scotland’s 78 staffed attractions from the Borders to Shetland.
  • Stills Courses and Exhibition Tours – Exhibition tours from Director Ben Harman and photography courses at this outstanding centre based in the heart of Edinburgh.
  • Past Horizons Archaeology Trowels and Tools Archaeology Kit –  A fantastic kit filled with quality equipment that has been tried and tested in the field.
  • Painting the Town: Scottish Urban History in Art – Kindly provided by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, this book displays a stunning visual record of contemporary images of Scotland’s towns and townspeople before photography.
  • Kite Aerial Photography Kits
  • £100 Book Vouchers
  • Additional prizes will be announced throughout the competition

Who are the Judges?

Our panel of expert judges, drawn from the worlds of archaeology, art and photography, will pick winners from each category. 

How Can I Enter?

Submit your high resolution images (6MB maximum file size) by email to art@digit2015.com with the category in the subject line (i.e. Snap It!).

Please include the following information within the body of the email: 

  • Title of your photograph or artwork
  • Brief description and thoughts behind your submission
  • Your name, age group, address and telephone number

No postal entries will be accepted. Entrants can submit a maximum of four images, although one image should be submitted per email. Please click here to view the full terms and conditions.



A series of mini-competitions ran on Twitter and Instagram throughout the Dig Art! 2015 competition. 

Previous Mini-Competitions

  • #ArchaeoShelfie – This mini-competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!
  • #DigArt2015 on Instagram – This mini-competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! 
  •  #DigItBuildIt – This mini-competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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