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Photography Competition

Winner Issue #15 / Theme: Healing / Mohammad Asif Ali Khan (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.

WINNER #15 - HEALING - Mohammad Asif Ali Khan

This photograph is from the series Pahalwan: Embracing Strength for Healing. The photographer, Mohammad Asif Ali Khan, says: “Tulsi Akhara[PS1] is a renowned and ancient wrestling institution nestled in the spiritual city of Varanasi, India. Founded several centuries ago, it has gained prominence as a hub for traditional Indian wrestling, known as kushti. Through their rigorous training, pahalwans cultivate unwavering discipline, perseverance, and mental fortitude. They harness their physical strength to overcome challenges, pushing their bodies to the limits while simultaneously nurturing their inner selves. Within the akhara, the training ground, healing is not simply seen as a means to mend physical wounds but as a pathway towards achieving inner balance and resilience.”