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Photography Competition

WINNER ISSUE #14 / THEME: KINSHIP / Khanya Zibaya (see below)

Your opportunity to have your work published in this collaboration between Where the Leaves Fall magazine and OmVed Gardens.

Where the Leaves Fall is a magazine exploring humankind’s connection with nature. Each issue explores three themes with a photography competition around one of these themes.

The theme for the next issue is: HEALING

○ The brief is open for photographers to submit up to ten high resolution photographs (preferably jpg/jpeg) on this theme – either a single photo or a sequence of photographs in portrait and/or landscape format.

○ Although we invite an open interpretation of ‘healing,’ it is important the photographs demonstrate an interaction between humankind and nature, and a respectful approach to the natural and social environment.

○ We also require that you submit some text on how your photograph, or sequence of photographs, fits the theme and the circumstances in which the photograph was taken – please provide as much information as possible as this will be a part of the judging. Please reflect on the Photographers Without Borders’s code of ethics when approaching your subjects and detail any consideration within your application.

The deadline is midnight BST - Sunday 25 June 2023. You can enter the competition here.

From the entries, five photographs will be shortlisted with the winning entrant receiving a £250 GBP prize. The winning photograph will also be printed in Where the Leaves Fall. If we like a set of images we will be in touch to discuss possibilities. Terms and conditions are below.

There will be a photography competition for each issue of the magazine. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media @wtlfmag and @omvedgardens for details.


You can enter the competition through this form.

Terms and Conditions

Copyright in all submissions is retained by photographer but a non-exclusive license is granted in perpetuity to WtLF magazine and OmVed Gardens for any winning submissions to appear in print, online and for exhibition.

If your photographs feature a person or people, please make sure you have their written permission for publication in print and online – by agreeing to these terms and conditions you confirm this.


​Shortlisted and winning entries can be used on our social media, and website, to promote the photography competition. Credit will always be given.


The winning photograph or photographs, printed on one page of the magazine, will receive a fee of £250 GBP. If we wish to adapt a photograph sequence into a magazine feature we will email you to discuss this.


The shortlisted and winning entries will be selected by the editorial panel from Where the Leaves Fall and OmVed Gardens. We are a small team and correspondence can only be entered into with shortlisted and winning entries.


"This photograph is from a series called ubhuqu, which in my native language means dust or soil. The series holds a kinship to the land because I was made from the soil of this land and when I die, I will be buried in it. This is where I played with friends, this is where I’ve made memories. This land has buried a lot of my people and family and everything I eat also comes from the soil, it is as if when I eat from the land I am taking a part of them with me. In ubhuqu, I wanted to talk about land distribution.

Most of my people’s land has been stolen, and we have been forcible removed to dry, barren land where there is no water, toilets or a shortage of food. Most Black people in my country have no land of their own, my people live in camps in areas that were supposed to slowly kill us but instead we made something beautiful out of it - we have triumphed against all odds. Through this series I wanted to have a conversation with the land and the soil and question when it will come back to us. How can I call myself a South African yet I have no land to show for it? This land holds so many of my people."