To promote the positive impacts that being outside has on our mental health and wellbeing, we are launching the Your Green Space Happy Place Photography Competition in partnership with Explore Essex.
Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. To be in with a chance of winning these prizes, we’re asking you to get outside, connect with nature and capture something that makes you happy. It could be a pond that brings you peace, a tree that captures your interest or even a single flower!
What could I win?
You could win a £100 photography voucher for equipment, Photography course and Explore Essex goody bag.
Nature improves mental health & wellbeing
According to Mind, “Research into ecotherapy (a type of formal treatment which involves doing activities outside in nature) has shown it can help with mild to moderate depression. This might be due to combining regular physical activity and social contact with being outside in nature. Being outside in natural light can also be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of year.”
Need some inspiration about where to visit? Explore country parks and heritage places and plan your perfect day out. Visit the Explore Essex website to find out more
How to enter
Post your photos on social media using #HappyGreenPlaceEssex and tag us using the handles below or email us your pictures.
The competition closes 23rd August. We look forward to seeing your photographs! T&Cs apply.