water@leeds Photograph Competition 2016 now open

The competition opens for its fifth year on 22 March 2016 - World Water Day.

Flooded Rake Level, Grove Rake Mine by Richard Cruise, Nature category winner, 2015


This year's categories are:

  • Water in and around Leeds - Help us celebrate water@leeds' home, with shots from in and around the city
  • Water and Nature - a popular category from last year with some amazing wildlife photography as well as flowers and landscapes
  • Water in the City - share with us images from your home city or maybe from a visit to somewhere warmer!
  • Research in Water - if you're involved with any kind of water related research, we'd love to see photos of any fieldwork or other research trips
  • Water and Landscape - whether local or abroad, share your best landscape shots featuring water
  • Flooding and Drought - the recent turbulent weather has seen a huge rise in both flooding and drought across the globe. Whether affected by the weather in your hometown, or from somewhere further afield, share any images capturing these extreme weather conditions.

How to enter:

The deadline for entries is Monday 31 October 2016.  Make sure that you read the competition terms and conditions and that your photo adheres to the rules of entry. 

Then either:

  • email your image to water@leeds.ac.uk, with 'water@leeds photo competition 2016' as the subject line. Please also include your full name, your chosen category and the title of your image, or
  • complete the online entry form

The images will be judged by a selected panel. We will announce the winners shortly after the closing date.


The overall winning image will become the banner image on the water@leeds twitter page, generating lots of publicity and interest in your photography skills! The overall winner will also receive official water@leeds merchandise.

The category winners will all receive water@leeds merchandise and the water@leeds research category winner will receive a book. Please note these prizes may vary due to postage costs to your location! There will be further details as the competition goes on.

Why not take a look at last year's winners for some inspiration.

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