Scotland's school pupils are being offered the chance to capture "the power of the sea" in a junior photography competition, which will invite them to highlight the awesome force and natural resource of the waters around their homeland.
The Deputy First Minister, Nicola Surgeon, announced details of the new competition, which is being run under the auspices of the Saltire Prize for marine energy technology.
It promises to attract a high level of interest and the renowned Scottish photographer, David Eustace, has agreed to cast his expert gaze over the pupils' efforts and act as judge.
"The Saltire Prize junior photography competition can inspire young people to focus on the aims of both this year of Creative Scotland and 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, and to capture the beauty and benefits that Scotland's seas offer so many of our communities," said Sturgeon.
"I'm delighted that David has agreed to bring his professional eye to the judging and I look forward to seeing the entries from around Scotland."
The competition is open to school pupils, across three age groups, covering Primary, S1-S3 and S4-S6. The winning entry will receive photography equipment and professional lessons for the successful entrant and their school.
More details are available at: www.scotland.org/powerofthesea