About the competition

About IGPOTY

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is wholly owned and organised by Garden World Images Ltd.

It is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. The main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions in the UK and all over the world. Exhibitions are linked to events such as workshops and lectures on garden photography.

The competition closes on October 31 every year. Winners are announced at the opening of the launch exhibition, the following February.

In addition, there are seasonal categories with results announced three times a year ('Photo Projects').

The competition is open to everyone, anywhere in the world. Images do not have to be taken in a specified year. There is no distinction drawn between professional and amateur photographers.

There are eleven main categories to enter and numerous special awards including Young Garden Photographer of the Year and a mobile only category, Gardens on the Go.

There is a fee for entering the competition which helps to cover the expense of administration. This fee is £12 for 4 single images, or £25 for a portfolio.

An illustrious limited edition hardback book of the exhibition is normally produced each year.

 

Feedback

Feedback has always been important to us. To continue to offer this service and make it sustainable we will now be asking for a fee. Professional feedback is available to buy through our shop.

Main Competition: Please purchase your review before November 30 - feedback will be given the following February-May.

Photo Projects: Feedback will be given as soon as possible - the final deadline for delivery of all feedback will be October 31.

 

My Dashboard

This is your space. Here you can see your entries, shopping history and account information. A complete profile is a great first step to get started on your journey into garden photography. After competitions close, remember to login regularly to check the status of your entry; you will also be alerted via e-mail, but checking the status in your dashboard is good practice as e-mails don't always make it through!

As well as updates on your entries, you will also be able to see your achievements of previous competition wins. We will be adding early competition wins in future updates.

 

How to pay

Due to the volume of entries we receive, the most efficient way for you to pay is by PayPal - this also includes paying by most credit/debit cards. You do not have to have a PayPal account to do this. Note that the credit card transaction is undertaken by your card issuer in the normal way and will appear on your credit card statement marked 'PAYPAL' OR 'PAYPAL GARDEN WORLD IMAGES'.

How to Enter

Entering is quick and easy. Just go to ENTER NOW, select your category and you’re on the way. Then click ‘purchase single entry’ or ‘purchase portfolio’ button. You can add a more detailed profile after you have entered images.

So you can, for example, buy 4 entry tokens for The Beauty of Plants. Then, if you wish - buy 4 more tokens for The Beauty of Plants, or 4 more entry tokens for a different category - it is entirely your decision.

Or you may choose to enter a portfolio of 6 themed photographs. This costs £25 per category entered. You can enter as many portfolios as you like.

So you can for example, buy a portfolio entry for The Beauty of Plants. Then if you wish, buy a second portfolio entry for The Beauty of Plants, or a portfolio entry for a different category such as My Garden Stories - it is entirely your decision.

Note that portfolio photographs will not be judged as single images. They will only be judged as part of six themed photographs.

My Garden Stories is a portfolio only category. Young Garden Photographer of the Year is a single entry only category. Gardens on the Go is a single entry only category.

Young Garden Photographer of the Year

Entries into Young Garden Photographer of the Year are for entrants aged under 17 and is offered at £5 for 4 entry tokens. Please ask permission from a parent or guardian to enter the competition.

 

Types of entry

Single images: These are judged as individual, standalone photographs- however despite the name you actually get 4 entry slots!

Portfolios: A portfolio is a group of 6 photographs that have the quality both as individual images and fit as part of a theme. A portfolio can be entered into most but not all categories.

 

Preparing your images

Preparing your images

For all main category entries, we recommend the following capture guidelines.

Capture guidelines: * Minimum - JPEG, quality: high, at 300 ppi (pixels per inch). As a guide an 8 Megapixel image captured should be fine for printing at A4 (2480 x 3508 pixels).

* Ideal - JPEG, quality: highest (maximum) Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile at 300 ppi (pixels per inch) the image needs to be 3508 x 4961 pixels (A3 size and above would enable us to make larger prints if desired).

If shortlisted, a larger file with more data is always preferred.

Please see the Gardens on the Go category for mobile entry guidelines.

 

Entry guidelines

Please upload all initial entries at 1920 x 1080 pixels at 72 ppi in sRGB colourspace.

Entries uploaded that are larger than this may get corrupted.

If shortlisted, you will then be asked for your largest (high-res) version.

For detailed information on how to prepare your images, please see the Help section.

Key Dates

Main Competition:

February 20 - October 31

Photo Projects:

Black & White: February 20 - March 31

Macro Art: April 1 - June 30

Still Life: July 1 - August 30

For more information on any category or special award please visit the Category Guide section.