Young Photographer Threatens to Burn Pictures in Protest

Roddy Mackay

There’s a storm brewing over in Scotland, UK, after judges for the Scottish Photographer of the Year awards withdrew the Young Photographer of the Year category in the prestigious national awards because the overall standard of entries was “not good enough.”

One young acclaimed freelance photographer, 25-year-old Roddy Mackay, is threatening to burn his folio of pictures in protest and in disgust. Not good enough? Now, that hurts.

Mark said it damaged him “mentally and physically” that the judges decided to withdraw the prize. He was shortlisted for the award together with Edinburgh Evening News photographers Ed Jones and Dan Philips and picture agency SNS Group’s Craig Williams.

The contest this year attracted more than 3000 entries from 42 photographers.

On the judges side, former Sun picture editor Ken Lennox said, “I do not feel we should make an award unless we recognise someone that is exceptional. This is not an automatic prize.”


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