RHS Launches Annual Photography Competition 2014

Thursday 20 March 2014

The RHS is on the hunt for the world’s best garden photographer as it launches its annual RHS Photographer and Young Photographer of the Year Competition on Monday 24 March.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious garden photography competitions in the world and attracting entrants from over 40 countries, professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit images that celebrate the wonder and diversity of the natural world.

There are five distinct categories including Plants, Abstracts and Details, Seasons, Celebrating Gardens and Wildlife, which give entrants ample scope for expressing their preferred photography style – whether this is revealing the beauty deep within a flower, finding a unique vantage point from which to shoot a wide angle garden view or capturing wildlife in its native habitat. 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.

This year the RHS has doubled the top prize to £2000, which along with the coveted title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2014 will be awarded to one of the 5 adult category winners. The winning images will be selected by the judging panel for their originality, creativity, artistry and technical excellence.

There are two additional categories specifically for budding young photographers under the age of 18. Entrants to these categories will compete for the title of RHS Young Photographer of the Year and a prize of £500 to spend on the Wex Photographic website.

Expert garden photographer and competition judge, Clive Nichols, said: “Photographing gardens and the natural world offers a huge variety of photographic opportunities and really allows professional and amateur photographers to be creative with their compositions and the techniques they adopt. Every year the quality of images submitted make for an enjoyable yet difficult task for myself and the rest of the judging panel, and I am sure the standard this year will be no exception.

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 internationally renowned judging panel includes 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.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact Hattie Sherwood in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3126 or email hattiesherwood@rhs.org.uk.

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 vouchersSecond 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.


Entry Fees
£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.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join. RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262


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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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