New Shoots-Category guide – Competition 11

New Shoots

Competition 11 - Special award

Special award closed

This Special award is closed for entries.

About New Shoots

We are very interested in encouraging new talent as part of the competition. New Shoots awards are awarded to anyone who has not previously won this award.

You cannot formally enter New Shoots - it is awarded by Judges selecting entries from across the main IGPOTY categories. The IGPOTY Team will check if a photograph is eligible for a New Shoots award.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

Around 10-12 entries are selected and awarded the 'New Shoots' title plus your image will feature in our next limited edition illustrated hardback book.


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:

    Entries cannot win category nor overall prizes

    New Shoots awards are only presented to those photographers who have not previously won a New Shoots award.

    Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

    Competition details

    Special award
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    February 20, 2017
    Closing date:
    November 1, 2017, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    N/A (Enter via main categories)

    How do I enter?

    Please purchase Single/Portfolio slots from one of the main categories. This special award is given by IGPOTY to the best newcomers each year to encourage new talent.

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

    Credit: Evergreen by Julie Isaac