Plant trees every time you enter Plants & Planet!

Plant trees every time you enter Plants & Planet!

In Partnership with WeForest

Photography by Suwandi Chandra

Plant trees every time you enter Plants & Planet!

International Garden Photographer of the Year has chosen to support WeForest in their mission of planting new trees for the benefit of the climate, people and planet.

Photographers can now plant trees every time they enter the new category, Plants & Planet, which is open for entries: https://igpoty.com/competitions/plants-planet-13/

50% of all Plants & Planet entry fees will be donated to WeForest. This means at least two trees will be planted for every single entry and at least four for a portfolio.

The category focuses on capturing images of climate change, the challenges facing plant life and the ways in which we use plants to help mitigate the effects.

Images could include anything from sustainable growing initiatives to plants and environments under threat.

Deadline for entry is October 31. Images will also be eligible for the grand prize title and a cash prize of £7,500.

WeForest has planted over 20 million trees worldwide and works with communities, local organisations and NGOs to develop scalable reforestation projects, demonstrating how it is possible to mobilise communities and restore our degraded soils. WeForest, backed by a scientific network, is growing a movement of small and large responsible companies committed to having a positive impact for people and for our planet. 

Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of IGPOTY said: “As a green company that generates a huge amount of visual awareness for the challenges facing plant life, we also have to take direct action and support initiatives that are tackling climate change head-on with workable solutions. Planting new trees is one of the simplest and most effective things we can do.”

Manon Koningstein, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of WeForest said: “It has been proven that trees form a big part of the solution to climate change and we are committed to planting 100 million trees in the coming years. We are therefore very happy about the new partnership with IGPOTY and are looking forward to be able to work together to make Earth cooler.”

Enter now

Macro Art Photo Project closes June 29

Macro Art Photo Project closes June 29

Enter now!

Macro Art Photo Project closes June 29

The Greenfingers Charity Garden

The Greenfingers Charity Garden

Capturing the Fundamentals

Photography by IGPOTY

The Greenfingers Charity Garden

The world’s most iconic flower show has come and gone for another year and it has not disappointed, but not just because of masterly designs and countless beautiful plants, but because some gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show had managed to achieve a sense of being self-aware.

What do we mean by this? There are two strands. The first is whereby an environment, its colours, planting, flow and natural feel, work together to produce emotions that we readily connect with; we can feel what the garden is trying to say.

The harder and more subtle element of this is how gardens are conjoined to our modern contexts and conversations. That is, what we find important at this present time and what we should continue to find important. Marrying these two together can create a lasting positive experience that provides a truly memorable garden identity. 

Nowhere has this self-awareness been more evident than in the Greenfingers Charity Garden designed by Kate Gould. Our team are really proud to have been supporting the charity through photographic services during the show, helping them tell the story of the charity and the challenge of creating green spaces for life-limited children.

The art of combining the designed environment with current context was achieved through the use of accessibility - making sure that everyone could access all places of a deliberately designed two-storey garden. It was also achieved by using the theme of family and encouraging us to see the garden as somewhere that memories are made.

In this way then, the garden is an emphatic example of a garden that is truly self-aware – helping us reconnect with the essentials that gardens provide to children and families across the world. So as shows come and go, messages must be strong enough to endure. And what is a stronger message than the fundamentals of social life: family, memories and liberty.

If photography can capture just a small portion of this, then it is always an endeavour worthy of our time.

It was a joy to capture the garden for Greenfingers. Please do visit their website and explore their work.

Beautiful Blenheim

Beautiful Blenheim

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Beautiful Blenheim

Black & White Photo Project

Black & White Photo Project

See the winners now

Noortje Russel

Black & White Photo Project

Preparing for the Macro Art Photo Project

Preparing for the Macro Art Photo Project

Photography by Elizabeth Kazda

Preparing for the Macro Art Photo Project

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Macro Art Photo Project has just launched for entries as the second photo project for Competition 13.

This photo project seeks to celebrate the world of plants and gardens through close-up perspectives and artistic methods of capturing nature’s botanical beauty.

If you’re thinking of entering, a great starting point is to check out the winners from last year. There are so many subjects and styles to choose from, so some previous winners might be able to give you the inspiration you need to harness all of that creative energy you have waiting behind the lens. From resting mayflies to frozen peat moss, the scope for interpretation is huge. 

Speaking of mayflies, if you haven’t read our interview with last year’s winner, Petar Sabol, then definitely check it out. There are interesting insights and the passion behind the answers is infectious.

If you’re still looking for another reason to enter, then don’t forget our winners are some of the most widely covered in print and digital media outlets. Macro images have a particular charm about them and usually appeal to a very wide audience. Because of this, last year’s winners had some tremendous coverage, such as the BBC, Guardian and Telegraph.

We’ve also been hard at work with returning feedback, so here’s some common things to watch out for with your winning macro shot!

  • If you’re capturing the close-up details of a flower, make sure that the specimen is pristine! Damage, as well as patches of dirt can be distracting when shooting at this distance.

  • Remove any unwanted and distracting elements such as twigs, branches or other flowerheads. These can draw attention away from what is meant to be the main subject matter. 

  • Find a background that is as engaging as the subject itself and which complements its features.

  • Ensure that the composition has a natural resting point for the eye. Too many elements can leave an image with a confusing identity.

  • If you’re adding an effect in post-capture make sure it elevates and not overwhelms the subject matter.

  • Find the subject then take a while to think about your intention and what you want to capture and why. This will help communicate a sense of style and purpose.

  • The slightest change of position can sometimes make all the difference - once you’ve found the subject and scene, keep shooting from a variety of different angles until you’re confident you’ve got the best from the opportunity.

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Good luck and thank you for helping us share the beauty and importance of a green planet. Enter the Macro Art Photo Project.

Macro Art Photo Project

Macro Art Photo Project

Now open for entries

© Petar Sabol

Macro Art Photo Project

Claim your free pro lab prints before April 6!

Claim your free pro lab prints before April 6!

Print to Prove It, in partnership with One Vision Imaging and FUJIFILM

Claim your free pro lab prints before April 6!

The team at IGPOTY have joined forces with FUJIFILM and the UK’s finest professional photographic laboratory One Vision Imaging to offer you (3) FREE 10 x 8 or 12 x 8” prints in their print to prove it campaign. You simply pay the postage.

Every IGPOTY member can each claim three free 10 x 8” or 12 x8” prints on either Lustre or Gloss with the print to prove it campaign. Your images will be printed on FUJI’s DP11 Professional paper for FREE; you simply pay for the posting and packing. To claim your free prints and discover the unprecedented quality for yourself, simply upload your images to the website, follow the online instructions and when prompted enter the voucher code PPIGPOTY19 when prompted. Then it's simply a case of waiting for your prints to drop through your letterbox. Get ready to marvel at the cost-effective quality.

This offer is available until April 6 2019 and only one order of three prints may be made per household. For full terms and conditions and to order, please visit www.onevisionimaging.com

Why settle for second best, when high-quality printing might just be more affordable than you think!

 

Black & White Photo Project

Black & White Photo Project

Has now closed - thanks to all those who entered!

© Polina Plotnikova

Black & White Photo Project

Competition 12

Competition 12

See the winners now!

Photography by Kathleen Furey

Competition 12