Competition 17 - Portfolio entry

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About Portfolios

In Association with The Royal Photographic Society

Portfolios are a major part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition calendar - this category is a stand-alone competition in its own right and run in association with The Royal Photographic Society (The RPS). Portfolios offer photographers the chance to explore the main competition categories (as a guide theme) with a set of six photographs (mandatory), creating a complete IGPOTY photography portfolio.

The 'Portfolios' competition has a First Place prize of £1,000 and is supported by the Royal Photographic Society who award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.


The 9 'Main' Categories for IGPOTY 17 are; Abstract Views, Beautiful Gardens, Breathing Spaces, Plants & Planet, The Beauty of Plants, The World of Fungi, Trees, Woods & Forests, Wildflower Landscapes, Wildlife in the Garden.


Portfolios are the perfect way to express the beauty and importance of plants and gardens in an extended way. If single images are essays then a photography portfolio is a story book. And although there hasn’t got to be a defined beginning or end point, an IGPOTY photography portfolio winner will show perfect cohesion of imagery and articulation of subject. The choice of imagery must display this faultless consistency and intent.

Wider benefits

Creating a photography portfolio takes time, thought and often long-term planning, but the results are worth it. The power of the botanical/garden story becomes amplified through the set of six images and helps people connect with the images on a deeper level. Achieving this will hone your sense of narrative within photography and will develop a self-critical way of working, particularly when choosing subject matter or curating the right images to include into the photography portfolio.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

RPS Gold Medal
RPS certificate

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

Second prize:

RPS Silver Medal
RPS certificate

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

Third prize:

RPS Bronze Medal
RPS certificate

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

Entry benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, one of the world's most prestigious portfolio photography competitions, opportunities for growth, become a stakeholder in conservation, cultivate your skills, launch/boost your photographic career, push creative boundaries, develop a unique style, help grow a sense of narrative, enhance constructive self-criticism, build reputation with RPS endorsement.


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, judging will be done jointly by IGPOTY and an RPS appointed representative.

A Portfolio must contain all 6 images.

'Portfolios' is a stand-alone competition with its own prize, portfolio entries are only eligible for the 'Portfolios' competition/prize.

You cannot win more than one IGPOTY award using the same images, even individual images from a portfolio.

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

Competition details

In Association with The Royal Photographic Society
Portfolio entry
Online submissions
Entry start date:
February 17, 2023
Closing date:
October 31, 2023, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£30 per 6 entry slots (1 Portfolio)

How do I enter?

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

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

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

Partner: The Royal Photographic Society

'Portfolios' Competition Partner.

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