The Beauty of Plants-competition-14

The Beauty of Plants

Competition-14 - Category

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About The Beauty of Plants

Achieving great images of plants and beautiful flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of the plant – from seed to compost. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. This could be a rambling rose, a humble bluebell, an exotic tree peony or the delicate flower head of a grass. A single bloom in isolation can be admired for its uniqueness or beautiful flowers celebrated for their form and colour. Take a closer look. The judges will be looking for spot-on technique and original artistic views of your subject.

For the purposes of this competition, the category also broadly includes the Fungi and Lichen families.


Achieving special plant photography isn’t easy but all winners share a few things in common. Firstly, they have spot on intentionality ie they knew exactly what they wanted to capture and why with clear creative direction and that’s really important as there’s really nowhere to hide with a plant portrait. Secondly, attention is always given to the background of the composition with flawless attention to detail of all elements in the frame; is there something which will distract from your main subject? Beautiful flowers need equally beautiful accompaniments. Thirdly, there’s always an element of engagement or impact that helps draw the viewer in – it could be an unusual specimen, have striking colours and textures or display interesting use of light. Push the genre and challenge the judges.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First prize:

By entering this category your image stands a chance to win the overall IGPOTY title and prize of £5,000! Please note - you cannot win this category prize and the overall prize.

£250 (GBP)
1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
Signed individual certificate

Second prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Third prize:

1 x prize copy of IGPOTY Book 14
Signed individual certificate
Your image goes on tour in the travelling exhibition!

Entry benefits

Exposure, international press coverage, world's most prestigious photographic category for beautiful flowers and plants, opportunities for growth and feedback, become a stakeholder in conservation, 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).
  • 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, which always prevail.

    Category rules:

    Please see IGPOTY competition rules.

    Competition details

    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    February 14, 2020
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2020, 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.

    Partner: Botanic Gardens Conservation International

    Competition and Exhibition Partner.

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    Credit: © Jacky Parker