Plants & Planet-competition-17

Plants & Planet

Competition 17 - Category

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This Category is closed for entries.

About Plants & Planet

In association with WeForest.

50% of all Plants & Planet entry fees will be donated to WeForest*.

Our planet is changing, and plants will play one of the most significant, if not the most significant role in how we respond and adapt to this change.

Plants and planet is a recent addition to the main competition categories that recognises and raises awareness of the many environmental challenges facing plant life, in particular climate and environmental changes.

As well as the effects of climate change, images could include anything that is impacting the state of the world’s plants positively or negatively, from sustainable growing initiatives, plants and environments under threat such as rainforests, tree planting and habitat protection to declining species and human impact, this category is your opportunity to tell a range of vital botanical stories through photography.

Climate change can seem like an impossible challenge, but small collective change can have a resounding impact and one image can change our worldview.


Draw on inspiration from other categories to determine where best to approach finding stories about climate/environmental change and the relationship between plants and planet. You may wish to find these photo opportunities in the cities and through other human activities or perhaps a wild aspect with plants in their natural habitat. How does the image inspire others to take action?

Wider benefits

Raise awareness of climate and environmental change and the threat to plants and planet; help stimulate cultural action for a sustainable future. Challenge yourself to take creative ownership of the issue and use your skills to contribute to a planet-wide conversation.

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 £4,000!
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Second prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Third prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition.

Entry Benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, prestigious environmental photography category for climate change, gardens, plants and green spaces, opportunities for growth and feedback, take creative ownership of a global issue, 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 (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:

IGPOTY runs juried competitions based on skill.

Only singular entries from 'Single Entry' main pay-to-enter categories can win the overall IGPOTY prize. Entries from 'Photo Projects' (stand-alone competitions) cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize, neither can portfolios, which will be judged as part of the IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category which is stand-alone. Special Awards are not eligible for the overall IGPOTY prize and are stand-alone.

* Please see IGPOTY competition rules for full terms, which always prevail.

Competition details

In association with WeForest.
Online submissions
Entry start date:
February 17, 2023
Closing date:
October 31, 2023, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£16 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

How do I enter?

Please use the large, red-outlined 'ENTER NOW' button on this page.

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