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Square Crop

Competition 15 - Category

About Square Crop

The popular IGPOTY 'Snap Competition' - Square Crop has made the cut 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 only. Portfolios are separate and should be entered into the main IGPOTY category called 'Portfolios'.

Insights

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 cropped photo.  

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 cropped image can help focus the mind on specific details or aspects of a larger scene.

Prizes & Why should I enter?

Prizes

First prize:

Photo project winner:

£250
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Second prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Third prize:

Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition - whether physical or virtual.

Entry benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, one of the world's most prestigious crop photo categories, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a creatively engaged in conservation, cultivate your skills, launch your photographic career.

Rules

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, upto 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 (300dpi) 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) @ 300ppi, 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:

    Square format or cropped images only, in aspect ratios of: 1:1 or 4:3 only.
    No other aspect ratios.
    Only Single Entries can win the photo project and photo project winners cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize with any of the same images. Portfolios will be judged as part of the main IGPOTY 'Portfolios' competition category.

    Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

    Competition details

    Type:
    Category
    Submissions:
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    September 1, 2021
    Closing date:
    October 1, 2021, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    £12 (Single Entry Slots x 4)

    How do I enter?

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

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

    Credit: © Karin de Jonge