Last Chance to Enter RHS Photographic Competition 2017

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Best entries to be exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

With the closing date for the RHS Photographic Competition 2017 fast approaching, the Royal Horticultural Society is reminding professional and amateur photographers to submit their entries by Tuesday 28 February for a chance to win the top prize of £5,000 and gain the prestigious title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2017.

For the first time in the history of the competition, a selection of images from each category will be exhibited at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23 – 27 May). The photographs will then tour the four RHS Gardens: Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex and Rosemoor, Devon in summer 2017.

RHS Photographic Competition Judge and Editor of The Garden, RHS members’ magazine, Chris Young said: “It’s still not too late to share your best images with the RHS and the world. Not only has the RHS Photographic Competition returned with better prizes than ever, but winners will also be able to exhibit their work at the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to launch or boost any career in photography. With submission to the competition being free, it is now easier to enter, whatever your interest or experience.”

World-renowned garden photographer and RHS Photographic Competition Judge Clive Nichols said: “The frosty weather will undoubtedly help photographers take breath-taking outdoor photographs. Some of the plants to look out for are snowdrops and crocuses as they bloom in winter and make for beautiful images.

Head of RHS Shows Development Tom Harfleet said: “I am looking forward to having a display of the best RHS Photographic Competition images at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The stunning selection of garden photography will be a welcome addition to the show and will no doubt inspire and delight visitors.”
Entries can be submitted online at until Tuesday 28 February 2017.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Pressiana Naydenova in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3688 or email

About the RHS Photographic Competition
The competition opens on 26 May 2016 and closes on 28 February 2017. There are nine categories in total and all are free to enter, both for RHS members and non-members. Of these, eight categories will give a first, second or third place, plus highly commended, if judges deem necessary. The Portfolio category is an RHS-judged medal category for which applicants must go through a selection process (please see below). To enter free images please visit:


Celebrating RHS Gardens
Let your photographic imagination flourish at any of the four RHS Gardens during any season.

Welcoming Garden Wildlife
Beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or in their natural environment.

Pure Plants
Submissions that 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 growing naturally.

Abstract and Details
This can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Demonstrate your creativity and originality by creating a unique piece of photographic art.

Greening Grey Britain
Support the RHS campaign to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place – whether a view of a windowbox in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs.

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

Young Photographer (age 11–17)
Any photograph depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

Children’s Photographer (under 11)
Any photograph depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.

This category is for a staged display of six pieces of photography and will be judged for RHS medals. To be eligible to participate in this category, photographers who have not previously exhibited printed photography at an RHS Show must first submit a sample of four pieces of work to the RHS Photographic Panel for assessment and approval. Eligible photographers (those who have been approved by the panel) must display a minimum of six photographs, within a maximum of 6m of display panel(s). Entry to the Portfolio category does not preclude entry to the other categories. For more information on submitting to the Portfolio category please email

RHS Photographer of the Year 2017 £5,000
RHS Young Photographer of the Year 2017 £750 Wex Photographic vouchers

Adult categories
First Prize £500 + RHS Gift membership
Second Prize £250
Third Price £150

Portfolio category
Winner £500 + RHS Gift membership

Young photographer (11–17)
First place £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second place £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third place £50 Wex Photographic vouchers

Children’s photographer (under 11)
First place £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second place £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third place £50 Wex Photographic vouchers


About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit

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