The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on the public to get out in the garden and get photographing as it marks one month until its annual Photographic Competition closes to entries.
Professional and amateur photographers can enter their work across nine different categories including Urban Gardening, All About Plants, and Welcoming Garden Wildlife with a range of prizes up for the grabs. The overall competition winner will walk away with £5,000 while the latest camera equipment and 20 other cash prizes are also up for grabs.
In addition, category winners will get to see their work on show at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show in London (17-18 April 2020) and later in the year at RHS Gardens (RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex), and in RHS members’ magazine The Garden.
Last year, overall adult winner, Richard Caldwell brought a new angle to the competition with his aerial photograph of a meticulously organised community garden in Laguna Woods, LA, which was captured using a drone-mounted camera. While, overall winner in the under 18’s category Jake Kneale wowed judges with his ethereal image of a spider’s web in a Wiltshire meadow.
Speaking about the competition, Jake said: “It was a great privilege to see my photo amongst so many beautiful images in this prestigious competition. It was a good way to focus my photography around particular techniques and subjects and I really enjoyed widening my scope to meadows, flowers and fungi.’
RHS Competition Chair of Judging and Editor of The Garden magazine, Chris Young, said: “January is the perfect time of year to get outside and capture atmospheric and beautiful photographs. Whether it’s a clear blue sky on a frosty morning or the emergence of snowdrops and hellebores in a winter garden, there is plenty to inspire people to get out and to get photographing.”
Entries should be submitted online at rhs.org.uk/photocomp by 10am on Friday 31 January 2020. Winners will be announced in April on the RHS website.
Entry categories for 2020
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: whether in your own private space or a spectacular RHS garden, a tiny city patch to a formal domestic outside haven – get out and about photographing the very best of any style of garden.
Welcoming garden wildlife: beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings. Images can be close up details or wider views of wildlife enjoying the outside environment.
All about plants: if you love capturing plants, showing them happily growing in their location, then this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole entity – macro photography or tiny details aren’t right for this category.
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, photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs. Photographs may include people as much as plants, as we want to celebrate the importance of an outside space in urban areas.
Social media: any image can be entered into this category that is related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. Images should be submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp.
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 unique category is judged for RHS medals and entrants must supply six images in a series, or based on a common theme or style. Shortlisted portfolios will be hung and displayed at an RHS Show in 2019, and will be judged as a display at the show. This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.