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09 August 2019

#UHBristolArts Landscape Photography Competition

We want to share your favourite views because looking at the horizon, a sunset, a forest or the coastline is good for your health and wellbeing.

Incorporating nature and natural elements into the built environment - known as biophilic design - has been proven to measurably reduce stress, enhance cognitive function and creativity, and expedite healing. This translates to healthcare cost savings, increased productivity and reduced turnover. We cannot create windows and gardens everywhere, but we can bring images of the outdoors inside.

Studies in natural and laboratory environments have consistently confirmed that nature views reduce stress within five minutes, as measured by heart activity, muscle tension, brain electrical activity and blood pressure.

(Lily Bernheimer 2017, The Shaping of Us: How everyday spaces structure our lives, behaviour and wellbeing.)

We invite you to submit your favourite landscape photos for this competition. Entries will be judged by the Arts Programme director Dr Anna Farthing and experts from the Royal Photographic Society. Winning entries will be printed in large formats and displayed in areas of the Trust that have limited access to daylight. All participants will be invited to a celebratory event at the end of October.


Please submit your entries following the rules below, using the dedicated email address:  

#UHBristolArts Landscape Photography Competition is open to everyone, staff, students, volunteers and patients connected with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as well as family members, visitors, and photographers from elsewhere. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that they have read and abided by the submission guidelines.

There are 6 adult categories for those aged 18 or over:

  • Urban landscape
  • Rural landscape
  • Coastal landscape
  • Forest landscape
  • Sunrise/Sunset
  • Skyscape

There is also a separate category for Under 18s:

  • My Viewpoint

The competition email closes on 31 August 2019.

Entrants can submit multiple entries but may only enter ONE image in EACH category.

Each submission must be sent digitally, by separate email, with the appropriate email header.

The email header must include your FIRST NAME, SURNAME, STAFF/NONSTAFF and the CATEGORY

The attached photo file must be named SURNAME and CATEGORY

Please note: no digital files will be returned, and images may be kept by the Trust for future use.


Both colour and black and white images are eligible for all categories, as are panoramic formats. Please do not include identifiable people or buildings that might infringe copyright restrictions.

We need high resolution images to be able to print them in a large scale. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting. Please do not include watermarks, borders or signatures on your entry. Please send your images the right way round.

Image files should be attached to emails as jpegs suitable for A4 printing (for judging purposes).

If sending directly from your phone, please select 'original size'.

If resizing your pictures, please make sure that you do not overwrite your original file. Please ensure that you keep copies of submitted images.


All entries will be assessed by the panel and a shortlist will be announced following the completion of the primary selection and interim judging processes. All those on the shortlist will be contacted by email and may be invited to supply:

  • a higher-resolution file suitable for larger scale printing
  • an extended caption describing the place and its personal meaning
  • full technical information - camera data and details of any post production work

All winners selected for printing will be notified by email and an exhibition of winning entries will be held following the announcement of results. All participants will be invited to celebrate at the concluding event.


Copyright of each image is retained by its respective photographer. By submitting images to the Competition, each entrant confirms and warrants that:

  • they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
  • they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
  • they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by the Trust.

By entering the competition, you grant University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media throughout the world, any image for any non-commercial purpose. This shall include, but is not limited to: prints, online promotion on websites and social media. Image files may be retained for up to ten years.