News from the 2020 Scottish Portrait Awards

Towards the end of 2020 the winner of the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Awards  was announced, and Trefor Goronwy from Arran was featured in the winning photograph by Robert Andrew


In deafening winds and tattered oilskins, a path-builder toils to repair an eroded summit route on Beinn Mheadhoin. This portrait of Trefor Goronwy captures something of what is one of the most physically demanding occupations.

Robert Andrew spends part of every year working as a mountain path builder in some of Scotland’s wildest, toughest and most beautiful places. His photograph Mheadhoin Trefor (pronounced vehan or vein) was awarded first prize. It shows a fellow path-builder Trefor on an especially tough and windy day. Robert’s photograph of his grandmother, Mary from Glasgow Gorbels earned a commendation in the 2017 SPAs. The judges appreciated the high quality of the photograph and saw a metaphor for our times in the evident struggle of Trefor against the elements.

Beinn Mheadhoin lies at the remote heart of the Cairngorms range, its summit plateau strewn with some spectacular granite tors.

Scotland’s biggest photography prize. The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award, which carries a top prize of £3000, is open to anyone over 16 years who is born, living or studying in Scotland and for photographs in black and white only.