British Woods Photography Competition

Submitted by edg on Wed, 6 Jun '12 11.54am

Online woodland database VisitWoods is holding a Photography Competition. VisitWoods (which I've posted about before) is a publicly funded web project designed to encourage greater awareness about British woods. The competition is a way of encouraging people to find out more about their native woodlands and to get out and share photos of their explorations.

A search of the database found 66 woodlands in the Edinburgh area, from the ribbon of woodland along the Water of Leith (pictured below) to the mature, broadleaved woodland on Corstorphine Hill.

Water of Leith walkway

Edinburgh parks with only a few trees in them - such as The Meadows and Inverleith Park - are also included in the database which is why the number of local woodlands seems so high.

Jillian Donnachie from says that the judges of this the first VisitWoods Photography Competition will be looking for photos that make British woods and trees "special".

"We will be looking for images that portray the beauty, atmosphere, fun, environmental value and sheer splendour of our woods and trees," she said.

The final entries will be judged by wildlife photographer and television presenter Simon King.

"My whole life has been spent in the great outdoors and there's simply nothing more inspiring. I'd encourage everyone to enter the VisitWoods Photography Competition as it's a great way to get up close and personal with trees, woods and nature and more importantly appreciate their value," says King.

Competition details

There are four separate categories for people to enter:

  • People and Leisure
  • Ancient Woods and Modern Wonders
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Scenery and Seasons.

Woodland path through grounds at Hopetoun House 


As well as the kudos of winning, there are prizes.

The overall winner will receive £250 and a three night hotel stay courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton, with the three remaining category winners receiving £150.

The winning photographs will also be published on both and Simon King's website.

Photographs must feature woodland as its subject, or be taken within woodland. All woods must be found on the VisitWoods website. Photos must be uploaded to the particular wood's page on the website to be eligible.

The closing date is 30 June 2012. For more information and tips on how to take the best pictures go to

Images above are of (1) Scots pine tree in Royal Botanic Garden (2) Water of Leith pedestrian-cycle way (3) Beech tree in Royal Botanic Garden (4) woodland pathway at Hopetoun House