The 2021 Holyrood election campaign has been unlike any other – with the pandemic putting a stop to the way things are usually done.
This time around, there’s been no kissing babies, street rallies or halls full of cheering supporters.
But there have still been plenty of fun photo calls. Here are some of the best snapshots captured so far.
image captionNicola Sturgeon checked the teeth of a “dentosaurus” while out campaigning for the SNP at a Glasgow dental practice.
image captionAnd Anas Sarwar also visited the dentist on a campaign stop. The Scottish Labour leader was a dentist before he went into politics.
image captionDouglas Ross posed on the hood of a Hawkeye armoured vehicle as he set out the Conservatives’ plans for apprenticeships.
image captionWillie Rennie, of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, relaxed on a giant deckchair while out on the campaign trail in South Queensferry.
image captionLorna Slater of the Greens was interviewed for The Scotsman video series On the HolyRoad during a trapeze lesson. She told the paper she took up the hobby after being bought a lesson as a 40th birthday gift.
image captionThe venue for the SNP’s manifesto launch was Nicola Sturgeon’s conservatory. Before the last Holyrood election, the same event took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre – in front of an audience of 1,400 guests.
image captionAnd when Douglas Ross kicked off his party’s campaign in Aberdeen, he wasn’t able to surround himself with supporters either – instead joined by a panel on Zoom.
image captionAnas Sarwar showed off his new haircut as hairdressers and barbers reopened across Scotland last week.
image captionWhen the Scottish Green co-leaders kicked off their campaign, they at least had each other for company. Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie are pictured here at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.
image captionWillie Rennie has a bit of a reputation for fun photo calls when he’s out campaigning for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Here, he’s pictured smiling at a baby badger while on a visit to the Scottish SPCA in Alloa.
image captionAlex Salmond’s Alba party held a photo call on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill as they marked the launch of their campaign.
image captionGeorge Galloway and Jamie Blackett toasted the launch of the Alliance 4 Unity party’s manifesto at a studio in Glasgow.
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