Sebastian Steveniers was the winner of the third Where the Leaves Fall/OmVed photo competition. He submitted a series of photographs reflecting on the challenges of the pandemic: “In these difficult and uncertain times I try not only to look for the negative sides such as misery, emptiness and pain in all this, but also to view it in a versatile way, including with humour, hope and enlightenment.”


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

Where the Leaves Fall is an independent magazine exploring humankind’s connection with nature. Each issue explores three themes with a photography competition around one of these themes. The chosen theme for our third competition is ‘cosmos’.

The brief is open for photographers to submit up to ten high resolution photographs on this theme – either a single photo or a sequence of photographs. Although we invite an open interpretation of ‘cosmos,’ 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 write a short paragraph on how your photo, or sequence of photographs, fits the theme. The deadline is midnight 29 November 2020.

From the chosen sets, we will select either one photograph, or a selection, to feature in the next print issue of Where the Leaves Fall. This competition takes place every issue of the magazine, so sign up to our mailing list for details of future competitions.

The magazine is made in conversation with OmVed Gardens, where an annual exhibition of the competition photography will be hosted. Your photograph may also be featured on the @wtlfmag or @omvedgardens Instagram accounts. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to have your work shown, but also to turn your camera on and engage with nature.

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

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 shortlisted and winning submissions to appear in print, online and for exhibition. Credit will always be given. 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. 


​Short listed 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 £100. Sometimes we adapt a sequence into a feature in which case the fee will be £350.


​The aim is to have one physical exhibition a year at OmVed Gardens in Highgate with the hope to draw in winning and selected shortlisted entries from four issues of the magazine. With restrictions around Covid-19 we are unsure how this will work for the first exhibition. There will be the option to make prints from the exhibition available for sale. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer travel or accommodation.


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