Nature on Your Doorstep

Published: 19 April 2021

Through daily walks, or by having time to observe the outside world, we have taken notice of our surroundings. We want to share what you have discovered. Entry is free and anyone can submit their images!

Nature on Your Doorstep will be shown in Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. It will be on display alongside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from the Natural History Museum.

More Information

This summer, at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery we are hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Alongside this exhibition, we would like to display your photographs of nature.

This open submission is a celebration of the relationship between humans and the natural world but like the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, it is also a platform to amplify stories that matter. During long lockdowns, working from home and home schooling, nature has continued to thrive around us. We have learnt which flowers grow throughout the year, watched trees lose their leaves and heard the dawn chorus. We have shared these observations with friends and family.

We would like you to explore your local environment, capture it on camera and submit it to Nature on Your Doorstep so we can share it with our visitors. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rat, a beetle or a pigeon. It could be birds perching on a TV aerial, a moth fluttering around a bulb or a plant peeping through the pavement cracks. If it lives outside, we want to celebrate it and connect with it. We will display all suitable images as part of the digital display. Images must satisfy the terms and conditions. Image submission is free and open to people of all abilities.

Nature on Your Doorstep will be on display after the museum reopens. Leicester Museum and Art Gallery is currently aiming to reopen on Monday 21st June 2021.

If the restrictions are not lifted, submissions to Nature on Your Doorstep will be presented in an online digital display.

Sending us Your Images

You can submit up to 3 images. All submitted images must be created by you and must satisfy the terms and conditions.

The images must not contain people. Wildlife photography includes images of outdoor-living animals and outdoor plants.

All images must be appropriate for a museum audience, which includes families and young children. If the subject matter is not appropriate for a family audience, it should not be submitted and may be removed from the digital display.

Each submitted image must be more than 1MB but less than 5MB. This is to ensure that your work is represented to the best possible standard when on display. If you need to change the image file size, you can resize your image using free websites such as Adobe Photoshop Express or befunky. You can also use free apps, including Photo & Picture Resizer or Adobe Photoshop Express: Photo Editor.

Please send your images as either jpeg/jpg format. Please name your jpeg/jpg file in the following style, the filename must begin with the surname of the photographer, underscore and then the title of the work in lower case, surname_artwork title.jpg

E.g. Jay Patel’s image Foxes in the Bin has the filename patel_foxesinthebin.jpg

You can submit your image(s) using the link at the end of the page. Please read the Terms and Conditions before applying. Any images found not to satisfy the Terms and Conditions may be removed from the digital display.

We thank you for your contributions and look forward to seeing you at the exhibition this summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a photographer, can I submit work?

Yes, Nature on Your Doorstep is open to people of all abilities! We are interested in seeing what you have noticed and what you been exploring as nature has emerged.

I have images of my pet(s), can I submit them?

Wildlife imagery is usually of animals or plants that do not live in the home. If the animals or plants in the image are outside, we want to celebrate it through the Nature on Your Doorstep digital display.

Do images have to be in colour?

No, images do not have to be in colour.

I have wildlife images which I took before 2020, can I submit them?

Ideally, we are looking for images produced during the lockdown period of 2020-2021, however we will enjoy receiving and displaying images which have been taken before 2020.

How can I increase the quality of my image(s)?

You can increase the quality by resizing your images. You can use free websites such as Adobe Photoshop Express or befunky. You can also use free apps, including Adobe Photoshop Express: Photo Editor or Photo & Picture Resizer.

I have submitted my images(s) but I have not received a confirmation email.

Please check the spam/trash folder in your email. If you have not received a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact us.

I have submitted my images but I have made a mistake on the form or want to change some details.

Please contact us, explaining which information you would like to change.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch 

Important Dates

Submissions close on Monday 24th May at midnight.

Nature on Your Doorstep will be displayed at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery from 5th July to 30th August 2021.

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery is currently aiming to reopen on Monday 21st June 2021. If the restrictions are not lifted, submissions to Nature on Your Doorstep will be presented in an online digital display.

Please see our social media and website homepage for the latest updates.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions before applying. By submitting your images to us, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

Link to apply

Submissions close on Monday 24th May at midnight. Please enter your submission at your earliest possible convenience to avoid last minute technical problems and to help us get your submission ready for digital display.

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