The Competition

Extended Deadline: 21st November!




Our quarterly prizes of £500 are awarded in February, May, August and November to the single best entry received in the previous quarter.

2020 Deadlines:

23:59 31st July 2020

23:59 31st October 2020


Quarterly shortlists are announced via our website, email and social media.


The John Byrne Award Ceremony 2020


On Saturday 7th March, The John Byrne Award hosted its annual award ceremony in Central Hall, Edinburgh. 


The evening was a true celebration of Scottish talent and creativity; bringing together our incredibly talented entrants, some of Scotland’s most successful figures from the worlds of law, politics, the arts and business  – and, of course, our four iconic event partners: Seven Crofts, Innis & Gunn, Tunnock’s and Edinburgh Napier University.


Edinburgh’s historic Central Hall was transformed for the occasion, featuring an exhibition of our Shortlisted Entries for 2020, a red carpet entrance, and the Seven Croft’s Martini Lounge. Church organ was swapped for DJ decks as Sub Club’s Harri brought a taste of Glasgow’s legendary underground venue to Edinburgh.


An evening of art, music and celebration was topped off by the Award Ceremony itself, which saw 10 deserving winners presented with an iconic John Byrne Award Trophy; and Illustrator and Writer, Abriele Skaite and Thanos Kyratzis, awarded £7,500 for their book, Borders.


         VIEW 2020’s WINNING ENTRIES        



The John Byrne Award 2020 (£7,500)
For epitomising all three of The John Byrne Award judging criteria; reasoned, constructive and compelling.

The John Byrne Award for Innovation, in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University.
For presenting a persuasive new idea.


The John Byrne Award for Community and Society, in partnership with James & Gemma McCallum
For offering an insightful view of community or society.


The John Byrne Award for Critical Thinking, in partnership with Tunnock’s.
For demonstrating outstanding evaluation and analysis of ideas.


The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution (for an Individual), in partnership with Andrew & Fiona Paterson

The John Byrne Award for Positivity, in partnership with Innis and Gunn.
For inspiring positivity and optimism.


The John Byrne Award for a Connection to Something Greater, in partnership with Seven Crofts.
For demonstrating a deep and informed understanding of the forces shaping our world.


The John Byrne Award for Skill and Artistry, in partnership with Gordon & Nadia Angus
For exhibiting exceptional skill and technical execution in any medium.


The John Byrne Award for Outstanding Contribution (for an Organisation) in partnership with Andrew & Fiona Paterson