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A new Instagram competition is challenging people to capture the capital’s natural environment, whether it’s a hidden city centre park or the rolling hills of the Pentlands.

Budding and experienced photographers are being encouraged to snap their interactions with Edinburgh’s ‘Living Landscapes’ for their chance to win.

The term covers the city’s ‘network for nature’ and encompasses everything from wildlife in window-boxes to street trees, local parks or allotments as well as wildflower and grass meadows.

Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “It’s no secret that we love our parks here in Edinburgh but Living Landscapes is about so much more.

“We want to integrate nature into every aspect of life in the city, whether it’s in your communal back green or amongst the rows of trees in your street, increasing biodiversity and creating healthier ecosystems.

“Now we’d love to see how you’ve been interacting with our wonderful living landscapes and we hope this competition will provide a snapshot of the many wild and green parts of the city known and loved by residents.”

Photographs should be entered by Friday, 12 October for the chance to win a variety of prizes, including high street gift vouchers to the value of £100.

People can enter by following Edinburgh Outdoors and posting photos with the hashtag #eophotocomp on Instagram but can also enter by sharing pictures on the Edinburgh Outdoors Facebook page, on Twitter, tagging @EdinOutdoors, or by emailing it to parks@edinburgh.gov.uk. The competition is run by the City Of Edinburgh Council and more details and terms and conditions can be found here.

Here are examples of some of the great entries we have had already


Ian Mackenzie

Ian is the Living Landscape Programme Manager for the Scottish Wildlife Trust