Call for entries into International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

Call for entries into International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

Help us celebrate the beauty and importance of a green planet

Photography by Paul Marcellini

Call for entries into International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12 main competition is now approaching the final deadline of October 31.

Competition 12 sees more exciting opportunities for winning an award plus more partnerships and prizes than ever before, as we work to celebrate and protect plants, gardens and green spaces around the world.

Now is the perfect time to be working on your images – from plant portraits to fantastical botanical landscapes – help us inspire the world to see the value, beauty and importance of a green planet.

The overall winner will receive £7,500 for the best single image and the overall winner of the Portfolios will win £2,000 and a gold medal from the Royal Photographic Society.

Best in category photographers will receive separate cash prizes, and new for Competition 12, first, second and third category places will receive a special subscription to ImageRights, a service for tracking and enforcing copyright of images.

Selected winners will be exhibited at the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in February 2019.

Winners will then tour to exhibitions across the UK, Europe and worldwide and feature extensively in national and international media coverage.  See your images featured at some of the world’s most iconic cultural and horticultural venues, from museums, botanic gardens and art galleries to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

New partnerships include the Botanic Gardens Conservation International Threatened Plants Photographic Award which has special prizes. Entries into The Beauty of Plants will automatically be considered for this award.

With 9 main categories to choose from and unique special awards, there is something for everyone – including the return of the European Garden Photography Award which has a separate first place prize of 1000 Euros.

We also see the return of the Abstract Views category which proved particularly popular, producing highly original photography, pushing the genre and expanding our perception of nature.

Winners will also feature in our beautiful annual book publication which is sold across the world at our exhibition venues.

The competition is open to amateurs and professionals worldwide and you don’t need expensive camera equipment to enter.

Categories and Special Awards include:

  • The Beauty of Plants
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • The Bountiful Earth
  • Wildflower Landscapes
  • Greening the City
  • Portfolios
  • Wildlife in the Garden
  • Trees, Woods & Forests
  • Breathing Spaces
  • Abstract Views
  • European Garden Photography Award
  • Captured at Kew

For more information on each category visit the category guide:

It’s an absolute privilege to be part of this competition which is the industry leader for garden, planet and botanical photography. All photographers want their work to mean something and competitions should stand for something bigger than the sake of competition itself.

Entering a competition says something about your work as a photographer and IGPOTY’s message is louder and clearer than ever: we must continue to celebrate the beauty and importance of a green planet. Photography demonstrates over and over again that it has a unique power to inspire and educate and our twelfth competition year holds vast new potential for positive environmental awareness.


Remember, don’t leave it until the last minute to ensure an optimum experience and so you have enough time to edit your entries.

We’re here to help with any questions @igpoty on social. Don’t forget to sign up for mailshots for the latest news, updates and competition reminders.

Good luck! Let's make it the best yet.

Enter now.