Competition 11 will now close November 1 2017
Here’s why you should be part of it
Photography by Karin Goldbach
It’s almost the end of October and that means the end of the competition year. We’ve been hard at work to make the competition better than ever, with more benefits for photographers than ever before.
So If you haven’t entered, are wondering what IGPOTY is all about or are considering being part of Competition 11, here are our top reasons why you should take part:
Prizes are important. We know and recognise that you should be rewarded for your hard work. That’s why last year we raised the prize money from £5,000 to £7,500 for the overall winner. There’s also £2,000 on offer for the best portfolio, plus RPS medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. Category winners also receive equipment prizes.
It doesn’t stop there. We work with some amazing partners who offer unique experiences, exposure and cash prizes through our range of special awards. From bespoke exhibitions to €1000 - check out the available awards.
Not only do we launch our exhibition of winners at the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in February we also have an ever-growing international exhibition tour as they are a central part of the IGPOTY mission.
They are critical in communicating the beauty and importance of a green planet and the vital role photography plays in doing this. That’s why we endeavour to keep expanding the programme and share your work with an even greater audience. The programme next year includes venues in the UK, Germany, Spain and Amsterdam plus more to be announced.
Whether you’re just starting your journey as a garden photographer or are a seasoned professional, exposure and media coverage is critical to reignite or kickstart a career. We regularly feature in consumer magazines, national newspapers and some of the world’s most popular online news websites.
As Richard Bloom, Overall Winner of Competition 9 said:
“The publicity generated from winning IGPOTY has been huge and is itself a reward potentially worth more than the prize money.”
Ethics and Community
What does your photography say about you and what you stand for? Entering IGPOTY broadcasts the fact that you care about plants, green spaces and the environment and just how critical they are to our lives. A competition should align with your own artistic convictions and we care passionately about a green planet.
We believe a competition should go beyond its definition and present a much grander vision. That’s what we offer.
We’ve also just launched public profiles, which is the foundation for a more interlinked social community. Being part of a competition should be just that, and anyone is welcome to join. This element is set to grow, so get in early and make the most of the free exposure.
We understand that competitions aren’t just about prizes. There are deeply personal factors. To be recognised by others for something you love is perhaps the most satisfying. And if you are a winner, whilst we can’t guarantee spiritual wholeness, we can guarantee a deep sense of lasting and profound recognition.