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Square Crop

Competition 13 - Photo project

Photo project closed

This Photo project has finished for this year.

About Square Crop

The popular IGPOTY 'Snap Competition' - Square Crop has made it into its own fully fledged photo project making it the fourth photo project of the IGPOTY calendar.

Judges will be looking for beautiful botanical subjects perfectly suited to a square crop. Use inspiration from the other categories as a guide to the subject matter to create a stunning crop image. As always IGPOTY is looking for plant life to be visible within your capture.

Please note, Single Entries are judged and are eligible for the photo project awards and prize money. However, any Portfolios entered will be judged as part of the main IGPOTY Portfolios post October 31st and may qualify for that prize and associated RPS medals/certificates.


Making full use of the frame is the key to success as well as utilising the right subject elements with style and clarity to form an impactful crop image.  

As Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of International Garden Photographer of the Year says: "The art of the crop can make or break an image and a square crop really forces us to consider the place of every element and its contribution to the composition. This photo project then is all about balance, critical ability and subject understanding.”

Wider benefits

The photo projects offer an opportunity to focus on specific skills and effective crop/composition is a significant skill to master, particularly within the genre of garden photography. Communicating the beauty of plants within a box can be difficult, but a crop image can help focus the mind on specific details or aspects of a larger scene.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

Single Entries only:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 13
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Second prize:

Single Entries Only:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 13
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Third prize:

Single Entries Only:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 13
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 crop image categories, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a creatively engaged in conservation, cultivate your skills, 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:

Square format or cropped images only, in aspect ratios of: 1:1 or 4:3.
No other aspect ratios.
Only Single Entries can win the photo project. Portfolios will be judged as part of the main IGPOTY Portfolio competition.

Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

Competition details

Photo project
Online submissions
Entry start date:
September 1, 2019
Closing date:
October 1, 2019, 12 noon GMT
Cost of entry:
£12 (Single Entry Slots x 4) / £25 (Portfolio)

How do I enter?

Please purchase Single/Portfolio slots using the cart buttons above.

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

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