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Breathing Spaces

Competition 16 - Category

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About Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates peaceful images of open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape, a wide vista or a favourite hideaway. Either way there must be connection to flora which is at the heart of all IGPOTY categories and the competition. The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

You are allowed to enter your photographs of NT properties into the competition; your entries can include peaceful images of any open space or green location. If your entry is from a National Trust property please note our rule 10.1.8 You agree not to use, or permit the use of, any images taken of or from National Trust sites for any purpose other than entering this competition or your own personal use. You expressly agree not to use such images for commercial purposes such as sale or licence to third parties.


This category is about finding peaceful images of spaces which lift your spirit, from local nature reserves to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Past category winners have deployed this sense of place whilst using plants and nature to frame the scene, creating peaceful images that offer a stunning blend of plant and landscape photography.

Wider benefits

It’s time to go exploring, but it doesn’t have to be expensive and international. Use this category to share a local scene, place or retreat that’s close to heart, or set about discovering an entirely new natural place that’s all about promoting your mental well-being. Peaceful images are personal images.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image(s) stands 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.

Plus the 1st Place winner will receive 1x LEE Filters LEE85 Develop Kit filter package (RRP ~ £265).
No cash alternative provided, by entering you are opting-in and allowing Lee Filters to contact you regarding this prize (once award places are confirmed).

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 photography category for green outdoor spaces and natural landscapes, 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:

    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.

    Partner: LEE Filters

    LEE Filters sponsors certain IGPOTY main categories and supplies filter packages as prizes...

    Partner: Botanic Gardens Conservation International

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