Budding photographers urged to share shots of 'Living Landscape'

A new Instagram competition is challenging people to capture the capital’s natural environment, whether it’s a hidden city centre park or the rolling hills of the Pentlands.

Budding and experienced photographers are being encouraged to snap their interactions with Edinburgh’s ‘Living Landscapes’ for their chance to win.

The term covers the city’s ‘network for nature’ and encompasses everything from wildlife in window-boxes to street trees, local parks or allotments as well as wildflower and grass meadows.

Established four years ago, Edinburgh Living Landscape aims to expand and improve existing green networks, connecting citizens with nature and making the link between a healthy environment, a healthy economy and people’s wellbeing. 

Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “It’s no secret that we love our parks here in Edinburgh but Living Landscapes is about so much more.

“We want to integrate nature into every aspect of life in the city, whether it’s in your communal back green or amongst the rows of trees in your street, increasing biodiversity and creating healthier ecosystems.

“Now we’d love to see how you’ve been interacting with our wonderful living landscapes and we hope this competition will provide a snapshot of the many wild and green parts of the city known and loved by residents.”

Photographs should be entered by Friday, 12 October for the chance to win a variety of prizes, including high street gift vouchers to the value of £100.

People can enter by following Edinburgh Outdoors and posting photos with the hashtag #eophotocomp on Instagram but can also enter by sharing pictures on the Edinburgh Outdoors Facebook page, on Twitter, tagging @EdinOutdoors, or by emailing it to parks@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Photographs submitted should include location and if sent by email should be resized to be smaller than 500kB.

A maximum of five entries per person can be submitted and photos will be judged by the Council’s parks department, with the top 15 entries posted to Edinburgh Outdoors’ Instagram and Facebook pages for a public vote. Photographs with the most likes will win.


  • Please only submit your own original photographs, and ensure you do not infringe on the rights of others when you are taking them. You must have permission from any people featured in your entries, or of parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured. 
  • By entering the competition, you are granting City of Edinburgh Council, and Edinburgh Living Landscape partners, permission to reproduce any entries at no fee for the Edinburgh Living Landscape programme, Edinburgh Outdoors website and any other future promotional material. Photographs submitted via social media are also subject to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter’s terms and conditions. Find out more about terms and conditions on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Please only submit entries that have not been offered for sale, won or been runner up for any other photography competitions. 
  • The closing date is Friday 12 October at 6pm.

Edinburgh Living Landscapes is a partnership project led by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, The University of Edinburgh, and Butterfly Conservation Scotland. 

Find out more on the Edinburgh Living Landscape website.

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