February 12, 2020

The John Byrne Award Annual Shortlist 2020… Coming soon!


The John Byrne Award received almost 2000 entries between February 1st 2019 and January 31st 2020. From these, John Byrne Award staff and judges have shortlisted the three most reasoned, constructive and compelling entries in six categories, as well as for the John Byrne Annual Award of £7,500.

Remember: We accept entries 365 days a year, from anyone living or studying in Scotland over the age of 16! So, don’t worry if  you missed out on the 2019-20 competition, we award prizes every quarter, in May, August and November. Plus, all work entered into our quarterly competitions is automatically considered for the annual awards!

The full shortlist will be announced very soon, but in the meantime, you can learn more about our award categories below.

The John Byrne Award Categories 2020


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
For presenting a persuasive new idea.


The John Byrne Award for Community and Society
For offering an insightful view of community or society.


The John Byrne Award for Critical Thinking
For demonstrating outstanding evaluation and analysis of ideas.


The John Byrne Award for Positivity
For inspiring positivity and optimism.


The John Byrne Award for a Connection to Something Greater
For demonstrating a deep and informed understanding of the forces shaping our world.


The John Byrne Award for Skill and Artistry
For exhibiting exceptional skill and technical execution in any medium.