Friday 19 September 2014
With the closing date for the annual RHS Photographic Competition fast approaching the Royal Horticultural Society is reminding professional and amateur photographers to submit their entries by Sunday 2 November to be in with a chance of winning the top prize of £2,000 and gain the prestigious title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2014.
There is still time for those who haven’t yet managed to capture that competition-worthy shot to grab their cameras and get creative.
Expert garden photographer and competition judge Clive Nichols said, “Autumn is one of the best seasons to get outside and photograph the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Shooting at dawn on a sunny autumnal day can produce stunning images. Flowers and foliage are often decorated with dew and cobwebs, adding a different dimension and texture to an image. The lack of wind at that time of day also helps when trying to create the perfect composition.”
Budding photographers still have time to enter their images into the five distinct adult categories including Plants, Abstracts and Details, Seasons, Celebrating Gardens and Wildlife. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category from an overall prize fund of £7550. In addition the winner of each category will receive a year’s RHS Gift Membership which allows free entry to all four RHS Gardens.
Children and young photographers under 18 are also invited to compete for the coveted RHS Young Photographer of the Year award and win £500 to spend on the Wex Photographic website.
Heather Buckley, winner of the RHS Photographer of the Year 2013, said “I enter many competitions, but this one has to top them all. Apart from it being a great honour to win such a prestigious award, the exposure my winning image received exceeded all my expectations.
I would encourage any novice or professional photographer to enter the competition and be in with a chance of being named this year’s RHS Photographer or Young Photographer of the Year.”
The RHS is also excited to announce that international garden photographer; Andrew Lawson will be joining the esteemed judging panel this year. Andrew brings with him 30 years’ experience of plant and garden photography and a meticulous eye for detail along with a special appreciation of colour, form and texture. He holds the RHS Gold Medal for Photography and has been named Garden Photographer of the Year by The Garden Writers Guild. Andrew joins Clive Nichols, one of the world's finest flower and garden photographers, Chris Young, editor of highly regarded gardening magazine The Garden and RHS Images Manager, Carol Sheppard.
Entries can be submitted online at www.rhs.org.uk/photocomp until 2 November 2014.
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Notes to editors
For more information please contact Hattie Sherwood in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the RHS Photographic Competition
Adult photographers may enter as many images in as many categories as they wish. The RHS Photographer of the Year award is chosen from the winners of each of the categories:
• Plants: Plant portraits should show the 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 show a clump of a specific species in its natural environment. If you wish to submit close-ups or macro shots, please enter these into the Abstracts and Details category.
• Abstracts and Details: This could be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. This category allows the photographer to demonstrate their own creativity and originality by selecting and creating a unique piece of photographic art.
• Celebrating Gardens: This category has a wide remit allowing several interpretations. You could choose to shoot a beautiful garden view, perhaps at dawn, or sunset to show the beauty of the light; alternatively you could capture a great shot of people enjoying their garden during a social gathering. Let your imagination be your guide, and show us what you love about your garden or those you visit.
• Seasons: Photographs submitted in this category should leave no doubt as to which season is being depicted. Frost, snow and ice all say winter, while in spring the fresh colours of pink, yellow and green usually predominate. Through the saturated, blowsy colours of summer to the mellow mists of autumn, we want to see what the seasons say to you.
• Wildlife: This category allows you to enter your best photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or in their native environment. You may wish to focus on a creature’s interaction with plants, or reveal an aspect of their natural behaviour.
RHS Young Photographer of the Year
These categories are especially for children and young people aged under 18. It is from these submissions that the RHS Young Photographer of the Year will be chosen:
• Young Photographer (age 11-17): A maximum of three photos can be entered depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you, and which makes an interesting picture.
• Children’s Photographer (under 11): A maximum of three photos can be entered depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you, and which makes an interesting picture.
RHS Photographer of the Year £2,000
RHS Young Photographer of the Year £500 Wex Photographic vouchers
First prize £500 and a year’s RHS Gift membership
Second prize £250
Third prize £150
Children and Young Photographers (under 18)
First prize: £150 Wex Photographic vouchers Second prize: £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third prize: £50 Wex Photographic vouchers
We are grateful to Wex Photographic for once again supporting the prizes for the under-18’s categories in the RHS Photographic Competition.
£5 per photograph (RHS members)
£6 per photograph (non-members)
There are no entry fees to enter the under-18 categories
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. 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.
Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 209 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.
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