Category guide - Competition 11

Competition 11 is now open for entries. Please explore the categories below to decide which are right for you. Most categories can be entered with single photos as well as portfolios. Please check the individual options for more information.


Abstract Views

Abstract Views

In the Abbey Garden by Jonathan Berman

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Whether infrared, innovative use of light, or a special lens, Abstract Views is about tapping into a different side of plants and gardens. It's time to enter a parallel world of artistic expression with limitless possibilities. Judges will be looking for the way in which a special technique elevates the message of that particular green subject.

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Beautiful Gardens

Beautiful Gardens

First Rays by Volker Michael

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Visiting a garden is a great day out for many of us. We can stand and admire the work of gardeners who have dedicated themselves to creating a personal paradise for the enjoyment of themselves and others. You can enter images from gardens in any part of the world, from Tokyo to Tuscany, from Montréal to Melbourne. As the photographer you are the storyteller. The judges will be on the lookout for images that show us what is special about a particular garden, whether it’s large or small, whether it’s a chic design statement or a plantsman’s paradise. Tell us the story.

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Breathing Spaces

Breathing Spaces

Mountain Fog by Anil Sud

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This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape - a wide vista or a favourite hideaway. The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment. You are allowed to enter your photographs of Trust properties into the competition, however your entries must include any open space or green location. If your entry is from a National Trust property please note our rule 10.1.7 You agree not to use, or permit the use of, any images taken of or from National Trust sites for any purpose other than entering this competition or your own personal use. You expressly agree not to use such images for commercial purposes such as sale or licence to third parties.

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European Garden Photography Award

European Garden Photography Award

Quo Vadis by Annette Lepple

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Special award

We're proud to offer the European Garden Photography Award as part of IGPOTY 11 in conjunction with Schlosspark Dennenlohe of Germany. The award is a unique opportunity to get your photography noticed within the European garden media community whilst receiving significant exposure both in Germany and the UK. Judges will be on the lookout for stunning photography of private and public gardens across Europe.

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Gardens on the Go

Gardens on the Go

Merano Sunrise by Tyrone McGlinchey, iPhone 6S Plus

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Special award

Everyone is welcome to join the IGPOTY community, be inspired and take pictures using whatever camera they have. That’s why Gardens on the Go is dedicated to mobile photography only. Whether you’re just starting off and haven’t got a DSLR or a seasoned professional who stepped out without the usual kit, this category celebrates the prevalence of mobile cameras, encourages increased participation and ensures you never again miss out on that perfect shot. So whoever you are, wherever you are and whoever you are with, share those green mobile moments with us.

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Greening the City

Greening the City

Goodnight, Budapest by Zsolt Varanka

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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. The judges will look for images that celebrate the juxtaposition of the concrete urban scene with the organic beauty of plants and trees. The sheer adaptability of plants will be a focus of this category.

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Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton

The View from the Temple at Sheringham Park by Justin Minns

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Special award

IGPOTY have teamed up with the National Trust and National Trust Sheringham Park, to celebrate the work of Humphry Repton, in a new special award. Repton was an acclaimed 18th century landscape designer and was seen as the successor to Capability Brown. He was involved in approximately 400 commissions nationwide including at least eight other National Trust sites in addition to Sheringham Park including: Antony (Cornwall), Ashridge (Hertfordshire), Attingham (Shropshire), Hatchlands (Surrey), Plas Newydd (Anglesey, Wales), Tatton Park (Cheshire), Uppark (West Sussex) and Wimpole (Cambridgeshire). He was famous for producing his designs in Moroccan red leather books, you can see a video about the Sheringham Park red book here. He described Sheringham as his favourite design and it is considered to be the best remaining example of his work. Judges will be looking for new and exciting representations of Repton’s landscapes and green spaces. 

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My Garden Stories

My Garden Stories

Summer Retreat by Maggie Lambert

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Big or small, public or private, every garden has a story to tell: it could be a friend's new rockery, a summer pond project or a prestigious show garden. Take the judges on a journey and inspire others with a thought-provoking portfolio of work. This is an opportunity to discover and share the true meaning behind any garden or green project.

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New Shoots

New Shoots

Evergreen by Julie Isaac


Special award

We are very interested in encouraging new talent as part of the competition. New Shoots awards are awarded to anyone who has not previously won this award. You cannot formally enter New Shoots - it is awarded by Judges selecting entries from across the main IGPOTY categories. The IGPOTY Team will check if a photograph is eligible for a New Shoots award.

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Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Water Garden by Jason Liske

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This category celebrates the way in which we have made green spaces extensions of our own homes. From natural swimming pools and decking, to landscaping and gazebos, judges will be paying close attention to how the photographer has presented the relationship between the organic and the manmade. Importantly, Outdoor Living is about sustainable use of land so special emphasis and attention will be placed on this.

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Portfolios

Portfolios

Forever Flora by Mandy Disher


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Portfolios are a major part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. They offer photographers the chance to explore the main competition categories with a set of six photographs. The Portfolio award has a first place prize of £2,000 and is supported by the Royal Photographic Society who award gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To enter a portfolio, simply choose any main competition category, for example, The Beauty of Plants and select the 'Purchase portfolio entry' button.

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The Beauty of Plants

The Beauty of Plants

Las Ánimas by Alexis Javier Acosta Simón

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Achieving great images of plants and flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of the plant – from seed to compost. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. This could be a rambling rose or a humble bluebell, an exotic tree peony or the delicate flower head of a grass. A single bloom in isolation can be admired for its uniqueness. Take a closer look. The judges will be looking for spot-on technique and original artistic views of your subject. For the purposes of this category also includes the Fungi and Lichen families.

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The Bountiful Earth

The Bountiful Earth

Picturesque Earth by Xuejun Xia

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Mother Earth provides everything we need to live - food and medicine. We celebrate the gifts of the earth, from the allotment to the wild medicinal herb, from the crops on which we depend to the home-grown tomato plant pot on the windowsill. Judges will look for images that connect people to the earth and show the essential part that plants play in our world. This can be local or global - seed or paddy field - it's up to you to decide what to focus on.

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Thompson & Morgan Joy of Gardening

Thompson & Morgan Joy of Gardening

Summer Morning at the Allotments by Mark Bolton

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Special award

This award sets out to celebrate all things grown from Thompson & Morgan products, from the smallest seedling to the largest fruit tree. We'll be looking for inspriational photographs that connect people and plants through the joy of growing your own and that encourage others to get involved with gardening. Through the photography of Thompson & Morgan products we hope to introduce more people to the benefits of gardening, the attainability of sustainable living, an increased awareness of the natural world and the accessibility and effectiveness of photography as an art form.

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Trees, Woods & Forests

Trees, Woods & Forests

Noir Flohay by Bart Heirweg

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We are celebrating the tree in all its diverse forms. From the gnarled old oak to the mighty redwood, from the garden apple tree to the wild forests, we are inviting you to show us how important trees are in our lives and in the health of our planet. Winning images will reveal the treasures of our great woods and forests as well as the beauty of a solitary tree. How do people and trees live side by side in one world? How does a tree create a sense of well-being? The judges will be looking for those images that seek to address these questions, as well as those that portray the simple beauty of our planet's trees.

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Wildflower Landscapes

Wildflower Landscapes

Tekapo Lupins by Richard Bloom

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Flowers that were once widespread amongst fields, meadows and woods are now extremely rare and some have become extinct in the wild. This is largely due to disappearing habitats. Landscapes that are home to distinctive species of plants or animals are under threat. Bring this to the world's attention through your photography of plants in the landscape. The wildflowers you photograph may be in gardens - which can be fragile landscapes in their own right - or in the true 'wild'. The judges will be looking for wildflowers as part of naturalised habitats or in the wild fields and hedgerows. They can be wide shots or close-ups of individual species. Now is your chance to seek out the wild spaces on your doorstep and to celebrate them through photography.

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Wildlife in the Garden

Wildlife in the Garden

Frog Prince by Minghui Yuan

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In a world where natural habitats are being depleted, gardens are a haven for wildlife. The wild creatures that use our gardens and parks can become familiar companions, or rare and special visitors. These may be creatures that only you are privileged to see - a nocturnal hedgehog for example - or they could be tiny insects that are easily overlooked - except by the keen photographer! They may be creatures you can only see in a wildlife reserve. This category is about all the creatures that enjoy gardens and green spaces, from beetles and butterflies to birds and badgers. Try to capture that moment where ‘wildlife in the garden’ becomes an inspiration.

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