The Living Landscape Prize

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The Living Landscape Prize

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New for 2018, we’d like to see photographs of people experiencing and connecting with wild landscapes, images that depict the cultural history within many wild places and examples of landscapes that are regenerating and full of nature.This award is sponsored by the John Muir Trust.

This is truly a fantastic category as the John Muir Trust land accounts for many of Scotland’s most spectacular locations for photography such as Skye, Knoydart and Ben Nevis to name just a few.  It also means that the winners of this category will get considerable exposure as the winning images will be featured in the John Muir Trust journal which goes out to 10,000 members. The winning images will also be on display at the John Muir Trust gallery.

This award has been put together to encourage photographers to discover these wild places, learn about how conservation helps photography, to explore and capture great images.

You can visit these places during the time the competition is open which is currently during the best of the autumn season, or you may already have an image you have taken previously. (within 6 years).

To help you, the John Muir Trust website has details about their properties at visit

Please note: There are no additional fees for this award. If you are entering the competition as normal in any of the standard categories, and your image is of anywhere in Scotland that conveys “wildness”, it will automatically be entered into this category.


The Wild Places Prize consists of the following:
10 x prizes of one year membership of the John Muir Trust
Profile of the photographers winning images to be published in the John Muir Trust Journal
A two week exhibition of the winning images in the John Muir Trust Wildspace gallery
An opportunity for photographers to sell prints through the gallery

The winners of this award will be chosen by The John Muir Trust staff.

Digital Adjustments and Processing

Digital adjustments are allowed and there are no limits but you should try to keep these within reason and should not alter or affect the integrity of the image.

Supply of Hi Res files

If selected for this category, we will ask for your Hi Res files. We do not require RAW files for this category.

The following digital adjustments are acceptable:

  • Dust spot removal
  • Curves & levels, Highlights/Shadows
  • Contrast
  • Sharpening
  • Converting to black and white acceptable
  • Cropping – cropped image must be acceptable quality at A4 without interpolation (digital upscaling)
  • White balance correction
  • Colour balance changes
  • Digital ND grads
  • Exposure changes
  • Global and local saturation
  • Dodging and burning
  • Stitch panoramas
  • Multiple exposures – images must be taken at same time and place
  • HDR allowed
  • Blending images from a bracket sequence allowed

Unacceptable digital adjustments

  • Adding, moving or removing elements from your image. e.g cloning in clouds, trees etc
  • Composites and montages of more than one image
  • Blending multiple images from different times of the day
  • Focus stacking



Respecting the landscape.

We respectfully ask that when taking your images you show care for the environment and respect the interests of others. When out and about taking your photographs for the competition, we ask that you abide by the Scottish Country Access Code. Links to the Country Code are listed below.

Country Code Summary

Country Code in Full