Entrants must take a photograph and write up to 50 words which evoke a memory of someone important to them who has died. Winning entries in 2014 were extremely varied, with individuals, objects and landscapes all featured.
The competition will be judged by Ron Butlin (prize-winning novelist and former Edinburgh Makar/Poet Laureate) and Colin Gray (award-winning Glasgow-based photographer). There are separate categories for under 18s and over 18s.
Once again, the Essence of a Memory competition is a part of To Absent Friends, a festival of storytelling in Scotland run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, with winning entries due to be displayed in an exhibition (at a venue to be confirmed) as part of the festival in the first week of November.
Winners will also receive tickets to a concert at the new RSNO centre in Glasgow on 29 October 2015.
Find out more about the competition on the To Absent Friends website.