Hidden in Plain Sight: The Moderator's Photography Competition

Harness your photography skills and enter the Moderator's competition.

As we head towards Easter, the Cross will come ever more into view - the central symbol of the Christian faith.

Generally speaking, we find Crosses set within church buildings or worn as jewellery. But when we open our eyes to the possibility, we can begin to see images of the Cross all around us - in both nature and the built environment.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: find a Cross that is hidden in plain sight and using your camera, or your phone, take a photograph of it. Perhaps it will be two branches on a tree which form a Cross shape. Perhaps you’ll see a Cross in a section of wrought-iron fencing. Maybe you’ll see it in a set of road markings or in a random piece of graffiti?

The only limit is your imagination. Open your eyes and you’ll see that the Cross is all around you.


The rules are very simple:

  1. The photograph must be one that you’ve taken yourself
  2. You must take the photograph within your own community and must observe all COVID-related regulations when doing so
  3. Each entrant can submit up to three photographs
  4. Images can be taken on cameras or smart phones and must be submitted digitally. Please note, we unfortunately are unable to accept photographs submitted via post at this time.

The competition will run for one month - from Wednesday 17 February (the start of Lent) until Wednesday 17 March. All submissions must be received by the closing date

All entries will be featured in a special photo gallery on the website

Judging and Prizes

The Moderator will head a judging panel and the winners in each category will be announced in the lead up to Easter Sunday, with a gift to the charity of the winner’s choice being awarded in each category.

The winning entries will be displayed across the Church of Scotland’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in a special online photo gallery.


When you submit your entry, please indicate which category you are in:

  1. Primary school age
  2. Secondary school age
  3. 18 plus

The competition will run from the beginning of Lent, 17 February, until the 17 March. All submissions must be received by the closing date. Photographs should be sent to mediarelations@churchofscotland.org.uk.

Let the fun begin. Get snapping!