Greening the City-Category Guide – Competition 12

Greening the City

Competition 12 - Category

About Greening the City

On our crowded planet, town gardens, parks, open spaces and city nature reserves create conditions for a surprising variety of flora and fauna to thrive. Some plants have adapted to a changing environment whilst others have been planted for specific purposes. The judges will look for green city photography that celebrates the juxtaposition of the concrete urban scene with the organic beauty of plants and trees. For this category city photography becomes about the sheer adaptability of plants and the benefit they bring to urban life.


As more of the population moves to urban centres green is quickly becoming an essential ingredient of this story, with a growing awareness of the importance of plants and green spaces in cities. Winners of this category all communicate an element of this relationship through a green perspective on city photography and share insights into how plants live side-by-side with people and architecture in different cities around the world. Perfect opportunities for green city photography can be found in scenes you may walk past every day.  City photography and green photography are becoming ever closer linked through converging social and environmental trends.

Wider benefits

Many of us live in urban areas, so it’s important to recognise how vital these plants and green spaces are for happy and healthy lives. This category is the ideal way to not just raise awareness, but to take ownership of the subject. Garden photography, city photography and photography in general present the ideal medium through which to achieve this kind of positive action. It’s your city.

Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image stands a chance to win the overall IGPOTY title and prize of £7,500! Please note - you cannot win this category prize and the overall prize.

£250 (GBP)
1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Second prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Third prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 12
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Entry benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, world's most prestigious competition category for green city photography, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, reinforce or launch your photographic career.


General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, upto a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi. Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300dpi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes. We can help you with this if need be.

Competition rules:

Please see the IGPOTY competition rules.

Category rules:

Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

Competition details

Online submissions
Entry start date:
February 20, 2018
Closing date:
October 31, 2018
Cost of entry:
£12 (Single Entry Slots x 4) / £25 (Portfolio)

How do I enter?

Please purchase Single/Portfolio slots using the cart buttons above.

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