With just three weeks left before the deadline, the Royal Horticultural Society is urging all budding amateur and professional photographers to submit their entries to this year’s RHS Photographic Competition.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the competition unites two of the UK’s favourite pastimes: gardening and photography, and caters for adult and under-18 entrants across nine categories including Pure Plants, Welcoming Garden Wildlife and Urban Gardening.
Prizes up for grabs include £5,000 for the overall winner and more than 20 other cash and equipment prizes. In addition, category winners have the opportunity to see their works exhibited at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, 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) in September, and in members’ magazine The Garden.
Last year’s overall winners, chosen from more than 10,000 entries, were Kristina Zvinakeviciute in the adult category for her image of a soldier beetle on hair grass and Indigo Larmour in the under 11s category for her shot of a grasshopper on a succulent.
RHS Competition Judge and Editor of The Garden magazine, Chris Young, said: ”We want as many people to enter our competition as possible – to share our love and passion of plants, gardens, nature and people. Photography is so exciting at the moment, with both smart phones and digital cameras, that it’s so easy to enter. And as the competition is free to enter five images, anyone can have a go.”’
Entries should be submitted online at rhs.org.uk/photocomp by 10am on Friday 1 March 2019. Winners will be announced in July on the RHS website.
Entry categories for 2019
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.