European Garden Photography Award-competition-15

European Garden Photography Award

Competition 15 - Special award

Special award closed

This Special award is closed for entries.

About European Garden Photography Award

We're proud to offer the European Garden Photography Award, this time as part of IGPOTY 15 in conjunction once again with Schlosspark Dennenlohe of Germany.

The award is a unique opportunity to get your photography noticed within the European garden media community whilst receiving significant exposure both in Germany and the UK.

Judges will be on the lookout for stunning photography of private and public gardens across Europe.

Depending on pandemic/the discretion of the competition organisers a selection of winners may have their work on show at the awards ceremony at Schloss Park Dennenlohe.

Also - 1st, 2nd and 3rd places only may also be on display at the IGPOTY launch exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Images of any public or private garden (permission must be obtained) across Europe (excluding the UK) can be entered into this award. The aim of the award is to showcase European Gardens.

Please remember to seek permission from private garden owners before entry. As this is a 'Single Entry' category each image will be judged on its own merit, therefore garden photography is preferred over macro plant photography.

Wider benefits

The award is funded by Schloss Park Dennenlohe, one of Bavaria's finest baroque castles and home to the largest Rhododendron park in southern Germany. The award gains press coverage in the UK, Germany and more.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First Place

€500 EURO
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on display at IGPOTY launch exhibition

Second Place

€300 EURO
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on display at IGPOTY launch exhibition

Third Place

€200 EURO

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on display at IGPOTY launch exhibition.


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 (ideally with an sRGB colour profile). 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 (and ideally with an Adobe RGB (1998) colour profile).

Full competition rules:

Please see the IGPOTY competition rules, which always prevail:

Category rules:

All prize monies are awarded in Euro (EUR) only by Schloss Park Dennenlohe, inclusion in any exhibition is subject to the situation at the time, at the discretion of the competition organisers.

Images entered into this Special Award are not eligible for any overall IGPOTY main competition prizes.

Any photograph taken in any private or public garden in Europe, excluding the United Kingdom. Any time of year, in any year.

You can use the IGPOTY main competition categories as a guide for subject matter, but garden photography is preferred over macro plant photography.

Competition details

Special award
Online submissions
Entry start date:
April 6, 2021
Closing date:
October 31, 2021, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£12 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

How do I enter?

Please purchase Single Entry slots using the cart button above.

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

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

Partner: Schlosspark Dennenlohe

Exhibition and Category Partner.

Background image

Credit: © Ulrike Adam