New for 2015 we’re organising a Scout Photo Competition. We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve secured corporate sponsorship from Wightlink who will provide a prize for the best photograph in each Category.  


We want you to spend the summer taking photos with a Scouting theme and send the best to us.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pick your best Scout photo from 2015 – a maximum of 3 entries per person
  • Write up to 100 words describing what’s going on in the photo - that’s enough for a basic press release.
  • Mail the photo (as a .JPG file) and text (as an .RTF / .TXT / .DOC /.DOCX file) to  with your name, Scout Group, age (if under 18) and details of your camera and any processing you’ve done to the photo.

Last date for entries is Wednesday 23rd September 2015 and prizes will be presented at the Walkie Talkie Toot Toot event on 3rd October 2015. There will be a prize for the best photos in the following categories: Adult/Network, Explorer, Scout, Cub, & Beaver. There’s also a category for ex-Scouts or members of the public to send us archive photos of their Scouting experiences (or earlier). First best photo in the Adult/Network and ex-Scout categories will win £50 Wightlink Travel vouchers.  The best photo in the Explorer, Scout, Cub and Beaver categories will win Wightlink Ferry Family foot passenger day return Travel Vouchers. All Scout first prize winners and runners-up will qualify for Wight Rover Team badges, which can be worn on the right arm of your uniform.

We will use some of the photos for publicity: we’ll post some of the photos on Facebook (IWScouts or Access All Areas pages), we’ll put some on the website, we may use some for Press releases to local or national media, and Wightlink may put some on their website – look for their “Charities” tab.

Here’s some tips to help you get the most out of your photos:

  • Think about what you want in your photo. Do you need any props?
  • Frame your photo – get your subject as big as possible in the viewfinder.
  • Is it natural or posed? If it’s natural then look for the best timing. If it’s posed then make the group relaxed. And make sure you have permission to photograph everyone in the picture.
  • Hold your camera in both hands, stand facing your subject, breath in, hold your breath and gently squeeze the shutter button.
  • If necessary, crop your photo to take out the boring bits and get the right proportions.
  • Checkout our Facebook pages for ideas, and we’ll give you a few more ideas later on.
  • There are some examples of what to look for in a photo on our Photo page.

Happy Snapping, team!