Take a trip down memory lane at our previous winners with their words of wisdom...

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2021 Winner - Lucy Allen

With an image so striking, Sheffield-based Lucy Allen scooped first place in the competition in 2021 and her image was even chosen to feature on a Scratch cover.

"The concept for the shoot was Afrofuturism. The team and I wanted to create a look that reflected a brighter future influenced by science, technology and specifically black culture and futuristic iconography.

"Choose your creative team and your models wisely and well in advance. You need to be on the same page creatively and be able to effectively communicate your ideas between each other to get the best out of your shoot."

2nd - Sol Lopez Ferraro
3rd - Melanie Garlick
Voter's Choice - Steffi Fernandes


2020 Winner - Ivana Prokic

Scooping first place in the competition for the second time, Ivana Prokic’s winning entry combines a flawlessly executed shot with a stunning personal story in line with 2020's competition theme: 'You'.

"I interpreted the theme by sharing my own life experience,” Ivana explains. “As a child I struggled: I felt like I did not belong anywhere. My parents immigrated to Sweden over 40 years ago and I was bullied for my foreign name.

“I also struggled with dyslexia. Teachers told me that I would never become anything.

“Now, I have found myself. I’m not going to be a victim. I want to be positive and see the positive things in life and be thankful for that.”

Learn more about the winning photo shoot by clicking here.

Watch an interview, here.

2nd - Eloise Nom Chong
3rd - Alexandra Teleki
Voter's Choice - Sarah Kay Abbott

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2019 Winner - Nina Lewis

Captivating with its sleek and subtle nail look and striking use of props, London-based Nina Lewis scooped first place in the competition last year.

"You should enter photographic competitions for the experience, to learn to take criticism, learn from your mistakes and analyse what you could have done better.

"Believe in yourself, trust your judgement and do not feel you need to conform or be influenced to what others may think is right.

"Stretch yourself and try to exceed your limitations!"

Read an interview with Nina here.

Watch an interview by clicking here.

2nd - Anges Dullo
3rd - Ilona Vasiliauskiene
Voter's Choice - April Wellington


2018 Winner - Ivana Prokic

In a record-breaking year for entries from both the UK and further afield, Ivana’s ethereal entry caught the eye of the judging panel owing to its beautiful composition and strikingly simple scarlet nail look.

Swedish-born but Belgium-based, Ivana is currently an education ambassador for CND™. Truly showing her talent, The Great Scratch Shoot Out was Ivana’s first photographic competition!

Read an interview with Ivana by clicking here.

2nd - Oksana Smirnova
3rd - Eloise Nom Chong
Voter's Choice - Kylea Wherry

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2017 Winner - Hannah Missen

Powerful, pink and oh-so striking, 2017’s winning image came courtesy of Essex-based mobile technician, Hannah Missen. Her love of leopard print saw her create a striking concept based around the punchy pattern, seeing her scoop first place with her powerful pink picture.

Hannah has gone on to expand into the field of session work, assisting some of the UK’s top session stylists and working backstage at Fashion Week.

You can read Hannah’s top tips for nailing your entry here.

2nd - Karina Perematko
3rd - Becca Butterworth

2016 Winner - Catriona Leith

Catriona made a colourful comeback to the nail industry after maternity leave to scoop first place in the 2016 competition. Having entered the contest a number of times since 2010, Catriona’s patience was rewarded when her bright and bold entry charmed the judging panel.

Read Catriona’s top tips for entering here.

2nd - Tvera Shindler
3rd - Samantha Fourie

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