Int’l Call for RHS Photographic Competition, closes Jan 31 2018

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Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition

Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2018
Open to photographers worldwide.
No entry fee: up to 5 images can be submitted.
Categories for Under 18s, and under 11s.

Winner 2017: Abstract & Details: Ceri D. Jones

Winner 2017: Abstract & Details: Ceri D. Jones


There are nine different categories in the competition, designed to have a broad appeal to aspiring entrants and cover different gardening-related topics.

Celebrating Gardens: get out and about photographing the very best of gardens – whether a spectacular part of an RHS garden or your own private space. From flower portrait to a wider view, or simply people enjoying the space around them, let your photographic imagination flourish and celebrate the essence of being in a garden.

Welcoming Garden Wildlife: beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings.

Pure Plants: if you love capturing plants growing happily in their location, this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole or near-whole entity. For example a photograph could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, or a clump of plants in their natural environment.

Abstract: let your imagination, originality and creativity go wild – submissions can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Image manipulation and graphic approaches are also welcomed.

Urban Gardening: whether you live in a flat, shared space or have a small outside terrace, all types of gardening can be undertaken in a city or town. Supporting the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, we aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place – photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs.

Social Media: any image submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The image can be related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and a the winner will be selected by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.

Under 18s (age 11-17): any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

Under 11s: any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

Portfolio: This category is for a compilation of six images in a series or based on a common theme or style. This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Online entry will open in late summer. Please contact for more information.

NB: Submissions to the Social Media category must be via either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and not via the RHS website. Images submitted in the Portfolio and Social Media categories do not preclude being entered into the other seven competition categories.


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