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7IM Abstract Views

Competition 16 - Category

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This Category has finished for this year.

About 7IM Abstract Views

Whether infrared, innovative use of light, or a special lens, Abstract Views is about tapping into a different side of plants and gardens using abstract photography. 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.


Previous winners tended to choose one abstract photography technique and execute it perfectly. These photographic techniques included: overlaid images, multiple exposures, intentional movement, infrared, modified lenses, shooting through glass and digital textures. Although abstract photography can seem overwhelmingly complex with too much choice, try experimenting with different techniques then pick the most effective one for the feeling you want to communicate.

Wider benefits

It's good to see the world differently and with Abstract Views you have the opportunity to hone skills in abstract photography as well as creative communication. Challenge yourself to use a new technique or tool and develop a unique individual style for garden, plant, nature and abstract photography in general.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image(s) stand a chance to win the overall IGPOTY title and prize of £5,000!
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Prize supplied by 7IM - £1,000 (GBP) voucher to spend with Belmond (the luxury hotel and experiences brand).

Second prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Third prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Entry Benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, the prestigious abstract photography category for gardens, plants and green spaces, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, reinforce or launch your photographic career.


General rules:

  • You may not submit watermarked images with your name or website visible on the photo. Please do not frame your images with borders.
  • Entrants may submit a maximum of 4 images per single entry token and a maximum of 6 images per portfolio entry token.
  • For free-to-enter competitions you should enter 1 image per token given, up to a maximum of 8 images (8 tokens).
  • Entrants' images must be .jpg or .jpeg format and of high enough quality.
  • We recommend all images are output to 1920px on their longest side at 72 ppi. Any larger than this and you are supplying images bigger than they will be seen or used by IGPOTY judges; your files will take longer to upload and/or download to judges and viewers’ screens.
  • The absolute maximum for each image must not be more than 7MB in file size and no more than 3000px on their longest side.
  • All entrants must be able to supply a high-res image (300 ppi) suitable for printing/exhibiting should the image be shortlisted. You may be asked for this when the time comes.
  • High-res source file/s need to be at least 3780 pixels (longest side) @ 300 ppi, ideally larger.
  • Rule 9.3 "The mounting of any International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition is planned each year but is executed at the discretion of Mirror Plate Media Ltd. The mounting of the exhibition is subject to prevailing circumstances at the time which may be affected by the weather or pandemic, therefore dates may change at short notice."
  • Rule 9.4 "The publication of a book associated with the International Garden Photographer of the Year is planned each year but is executed at the discretion of Mirror Plate Media Ltd. Obviously if the book is not printed then no book prizes/cash alternatives will issued."

  • Full competition rules:

    Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail.

    Category rules:

    Note regarding sponsor supplied prize: the 'Belmond' brand is not affiliated or linked to IGPOTY (Mirror Plate Media Ltd). The prize does not imply endorsement.

    IGPOTY is a juried competition based on skill.

    Only Single Entries in main pay-to-enter categories can win the overall IGPOTY prize. Winning photo project entries cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize. Portfolios will be judged as part of the IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category.

    Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

    Competition details

    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    February 11, 2022
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2022, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    £15 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

    How do I enter?

    Please purchase 'Single Entry' slots using the cart buttons above.

    For help please visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

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