Beautiful Blenheim 2023-competition-16

Beautiful Blenheim 2023

Competition 16 - Special award

Special award closed

This Special award is closed for entries.

About Beautiful Blenheim 2023

After running well-received exhibitions for four consecutive years in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, IGPOTY and Blenheim Palace have partnered once again to offer this unique free-to-enter special award to celebrate the beauty of this extraordinary location.

Use photography to capture the enduring beauty of Blenheim Palace and the majesty of the 2,000 acre 'Capability' Brown designed landscape. This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site is a perfect location for all types of garden photography with several Sites of Special Scientific Interest, including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park. From secret gardens to open parkland, Blenheim Palace is a photographer’s dream.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

Your image goes on display at the IGPOTY Blenheim Palace exhibition and a signed individual certificate.

Champagne afternoon tea for two, plus a Private Tour of Blenheim Palace and Blenheim Palace hamper.

Applies to all winning places - by entering, Blenheim Palace will be allowed to contact winning entrants to arrange the prizes. You are giving consent.

Second prize:

Your image goes on display at the IGPOTY Blenheim Palace exhibition, plus signed individual certificate.

Third prize:

Your image goes on display at the IGPOTY Blenheim Palace exhibition, plus signed individual certificate.


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.
  • N.B.
  • 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.

    Category rules:

    Only photography captured at Blenheim Palace and its grounds are permitted. Standard admission fees/booking may apply. Adults aged 18 years and older may enter only. Each adult entrant is entitled to a maximum of 8x free entry slots only. Beautiful Blenheim entries cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize. Staff of Blenheim Palace are excluded from entry. Any images captured for this competition may not be sold and are only for your personal use. Prizes must be collected in person at Blenheim Palace, no cash alternatives. Blenheim Palace will contact winners to arrange any prizes, as necessary.

    Competition details

    Special award
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    July 1, 2022
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2022, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    £FREE (max. 8x free entry slots per adult)

    How do I enter?

    Online submissions

    Who can enter?

    This free-to-enter special award is open to everyone (adults only) and is a chance to explore and capture one of the world’s most famous landscapes and its hidden treasures through photography.

    Selected winners will form part of an exclusive exhibition at the IGPOTY exhibition at Blenheim Palace in 2023 (TBC). There will also be special prizes for first place including a champagne afternoon tea and a private tour.

    Staff of Blenheim Palace are excluded from entry.

    Partner: Blenheim Palace

    Exhibition Partner

    Credit: © Cereta Drewett/Blenheim Palace