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Submit your soothing photos


Anyone aged 12 years or over is eligible to take part in our study. To participate, simply submit your soothing photo below along with a brief description of how this photo makes you feel soothed. There is no limit to the number of photos that you can submit, so please feel free to submit as many as you wish. Every photo submitted has the potential to help someone in the future. Thank you for your support!

Before you decide whether to take part there are a few things you should know:

  • Taking part in this research is completely voluntary;
  • Your photograph(s) may be used in future relevant therapy, research, and other health and wellbeing projects and innovations;
  • It is your responsibility to only submit photographs that you hold the copyright for, and you will be asked to confirm that you are the sole intellectual property owner when you submit. By submitting your photos, you license the use of your photos to Project Soothe*;
  • Both your photo and your comments about why you find your photo soothing may be made available for public view. However, please be assured that we will not disclose your name or contact information;
  • We reserve the right to edit comments or not publish any photos deemed unsuitable for public viewing or that include children and young people. If you are submitting photos that contain people, it is your responsibility to ask their permission for you to do so;
  • We cannot guarantee to display your photo in our online public gallery, but please be assured that your photo will be included in our main database and will make an important contribution to research and psychotherapy in the future;
  • We will ask you for consent when you submit your photo and comments but will not ask you for your consent again in the future for use in relevant therapy and research.
  • If you are under 16 years, you will need to confirm that you have asked your parent or guardian if you can take part.


Submit your photo now


*If you think your copyright has been infringed (e.g., a photograph has been submitted that you hold the copyright for), please notify us at projectsooth@reading.ac.uk and we will remove the photograph from our image bank. It is the responsibility of the participants to upload photographs of which they are the sole owner of the intellectual property.


Further research opportunities

Information Sheet

Before deciding if you want to take part, please read this document.


Get Involved

Find out more about how to submit your soothing photos and help us learn more about the everyday experience of self-soothe.

How to participate

Funding Support

We are grateful to have received funding from the following organisations.