The Judges

Robin Gillanders [Chair]

A former Reader in Photography and Hon. Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University, Robin is a practicing photographic artist who has exhibited internationally. In the 1990’s he made several collaborative works with the poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, culminating in his exhibition and book ‘Little Sparta: Portrait of a Garden’ (1998). Recent solo publications include The Photographic Portrait (2004), The Philosopher’s Garden (2004) and Highland Journey: In the Spirit of Edwin Muir (2009). 

Anne Lyden

Anne is International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland and responsible for a collection of 34,000 photographs. Previously, she was an associate curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where she curated numerous exhibitions including the work of Hill and Adamson, Eileen Cowin, Frederick H. Evans, Simryn Gill, Paul Strand, and Carrie Mae Weems. The author of several publications, Annie’s most recent book is ‘A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography’ (Getty Publications, 2014)

Ben Harman

Ben is Director of Stills: centre for photography, an exhibition space and production facility based in the centre of Edinburgh. Stills provides opportunity and support for the discovery, enjoyment and understanding of photography. Before starting at Stills in 2014, Ben was Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums and Lead Curator on Glasgow’s Art Fund International collecting project.

Malcolm Dickson

Malcolm is the Director of Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, a gallery and education resource which embraces different genres of photography from photographic artists locally, nationally and internationally. He coordinates an inclusive and diverse programme and has curated many of its solo shows, as well as projects elsewhere. Recent writing includes an essay in the book ‘Growing Up in the New Age – Marjolaine Ryley’ (Daylight, USA, March 2013) and a chapter in the book ‘Rewind: British Artists’ Video in the 1970s & 1980s’ (John Libbey Publishing, Sept 2012). He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Dundee University.

John Duncan

John studied Documentary Photography at Newport graduating in 1989 and Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1992. He has been one of the editors of Source Photographic Magazine since 1994 and has lectured in photography part-time at Queens University Belfast and the University of Ulster. John has been a member of the Board of Belfast Exposed where he was chair from 2012 to 2014 and has been on the Board of Belfast Photography Festival since 2013. He also continues to make his own photographic work and his book ‘Bonfires’ was published by Steidl in 2008.

Sam Sills

A commercial photographer, Sam has worked in the industry for over 10 years. In that time she has shot for a wide variety of clients from Marks and Spencer to Irn Bru and has had her worked published in magazines including GQ and Esquire. In 2010 she worked in conjunction with Historic Scotland to produce the Building Scotland book, which received critical acclaim in the press. 

Advisory Panel

Trish Todd

Trish graduated from Belfast College of Art with a BA Hons in Interior Design. Together with her husband Barrie they founded the architectural practice known as Todd Architects of which she was a director, company secretary and lead interior design consultant. With her influence and backing Todd Architects expanded from its base in Belfast, establishing offices in London and Dublin employing over eighty architects and designers. Trish Todd is Jill’s mum.

Nic Rue

A photographer interested in the materiality and history of the medium, Nic’s work has been exhibited in the UK and featured in a variety of publications.

Nic, a prize winner of the 2015 Jill Todd Photographic Award, graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in the same year with a BA (Hons) in Photography and Film.

Nic currently works at Stills, Centre for Photography where, among other projects, she is supporting the graduate and early career community.


Frank McElhinney

Frank, who left a professional career to read Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art from where he graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in 2014, is an artist who mainly photographs landscapes. His work deals with history and its uses. 

This philosophical approach is very evident in his 2014 Jill Todd Photographic Award submission where he addressed the pre-set theme “Flow” through the medium of aerial photography tracing the River Forth from its source to the North Sea. 

Frank won 1st prize for this innovative and superb body of work.