Celebrating Hanami


Brindleyplace has launched a special photography competition in partnership with Ikon and Café Opus at Ikon that aims to celebrate the traditional Japanese festival of Hanami.

An annual event, Hanami is the Japanese tradition of ‘enjoying the transient beauty of flowers’ and is celebrated to coincide with the flowering of cherry blossom across the country.

Those interested in entering must submit one photograph that they feel captures the beauty of the cherry blossom in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace.

The competition is targeted at amateur photographers with a passion for photography in Birmingham and will be officially launched when the first cherry blossom flowers on the trees in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace.

The winner will have their photo displayed in Café Opus at Ikon following the competition, as well as winning a meal for two at the popular café.

Photos must be submitted by Sunday 13th April for judging to take place the following week.

The photos will be judged by:

  • Stuart Tulloch, Ikon Curator
  • Amy Secretan, Manager at Café Opus overlooking Oozells Square
  • Pete James, Curator of Photography Collections at Library of Birmingham
  • Dan Morrissey, regional network presenter on Free Radio

How to enter

Send your picture as a jpg file which must be at least 1Mb but no more than 3Mb in size, along with a brief description, your name, address, telephone number and the date of the photo to blossom@brindleyplace.com.

Terms and conditions

  1. Photographs must be submitted by 11.59pm on Sunday 13th April.
  2. An element of Brindleyplace must be visible in order to authenticate the location.
  3. By entering this competition, participants are granting Brindleyplace permission to use the submitted photo, licence free for marketing purposes.

Photographer Unknown, Cherry Blossom, Japan, c1900
Hand coloured photograph
Library of Birmingham (part of a collection of photographs of Japan)