Photographic Contributions for Guidebooks

Photos are best submitted as digital images (see below for technical requirements), but slides/transparencies are also welcome. Please do not scan slides. All slides will be looked after and returned in due course. As normal, photographers will retain copyright on their photographs - we are paying for their use in the guidebook.

Cheers, Grahame Nicoll

We are now collecting photos for…

Scottish Rock (selected rock climbs) | Outer Hebrides Climbers' Guide | SMC Journal

Scottish Rock (selected rock climbs)

We are now collecting action photos for a new selected rock-climbing guide, Scottish Rock. This will include all the mountain classics (and classic Extremes) plus many outcrop crags. Scrappy or unpopular routes of course will not be included.

Although the deadline for submissions is not until around the end of 2017, please do not delay in sending any good photos. This will help us identify gaps in our coverage and save the production team from going out to take photos unnecessarily.

Please send your photos to Grahame Nicoll ( who will also be able to advise if a particular route is included.

Please be sure to follow the guidance for contributing digital photos.

Outer Hebrides Climbers' Guide

A comprehensive Climbers' Guide to the Outer Hebrides. This includes Lewis, Harris, Pabbay, Mingulay, etc.

If you have any decent action photos for the above, then we would be keen to see them. Portrait (vertical) format or landscape (horizontal) format are equally acceptable. Historical photos (first ascents, aided ascents, etc) are also useful.

If you have any suitable photos which you would like to see in print then please send them to:-

Grahame Nicoll
St. Mary's Road,

Highland Scrambles South

The SMC will be publishing Highland Scrambles South, a companion to Highland Scrambles North. The authors, Noel Williams and Iain Thow, are now on the lookout for action photos (not crag photos) to illustrate the book, there are over 200 scrambles covering:
Rum, Knoydart, Ardgour & Ardnamurchan, Mull, Lochnagar, Cairngorms, Alder & Meagaidh, Nevis Range, Glencoe, Appin, Blackmount & Etive, Arrochar & Southern Highlands, Arran, Southern Scotland.

All the well known classics are included, for example: Fiacaill Ridge, Afterthought Arete, Crystal Ridge, Lancet Edge, Golden Oldy (Aonach Mor), Ledge Route, Ring of Steall, Aonach Eagach, Curved Ridge, Sron na Lairig, Dinnertime Buttress, Cobbler Traverse, A' Chir Ridge, etc. But there are many, many more scrambles that are off the beaten track on rarely explored ground.

Please send your photos direct to Noel ( who will also be able to advise if a particular scramble is included.

SMC Journal

Photos for the annual SMC Journal should be submitted by the end of April to be accepted for next issue.

If you have any suitable photos which you would like to see in the SMC Journal then please send them to the Journal Photo Editor.

Photos submitted in connection with an article should be sent alongside the relevant article to the Journal Editor.

Guidance for contributing digital photos

Digital Photographs for SMC publications.

1)  Photos from 4 megapixel cameras are adequate, 5 megapixel and above are preferred. Photos from modern smart phones may now be of acceptable quality. Always shoot on the highest quality and the largest image size.

2)  We require the original files exactly as downloaded from the camera. Please do not reformat, sharpen, colour or contrast adjust your photos. If you wish to do this to a copy to show us you have a picture with potential, fine, but it is not essential. We want the unadjusted photo taken in highest quality JPEG format. TIFF or RAW formats are also acceptable.

3)  Please be selective with the photos you send. Weed out the poor ones, we only want to see the best. And please do not send more than 2 or 3 almost identical shots.

4)  You must include name of route, grade, names of climbers (if known) and name of person to be credited with the photo. We also require your address and phone no. or email address. These details are essential, we cannot use your photo without them.

5)  We prefer digital photos to be submitted on a CD as some email providers may reduce the file size of your image. However we will accept emailed images if necessary.

Digital photos burned onto a disc and posted.

1)  If at all possible please include a printout (any size/any quality/several on a sheet) of your photos. This makes our work a lot easier.

3)  Please include the name of the route, names of climbers and name of person to be credited with the photo in the photo file name.

4)  Unfortunately CDs and printouts are not normally returned.

Digital photos emailed.

1)  It is important that you email the original unadjusted files exactly as downloaded from the camera. These will normally be between 2MB and about 6MB each. If it is less than 1MB it will not be usable.

2)  Please do not email too many photos at once. Your email must not exceed 10MB.

3)  Please include the name of the route, names of climbers and name of person to be credited with the photo in the photo file name.