The Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden-competition-16

The Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Competition 16 - Special award

Special award closed

This Special award is closed for entries.

About The Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Capture the Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG). IGPOTY is delighted to partner again with CUBG to run a special award competition for the 2nd consecutive year.

CUBG’s Director Beverley Glover says: “This year’s competition theme presents many opportunities for our visitors to capture landscapes across the summer and autumn seasons, or intriguing images of their favourite plants. We can’t wait to see what represents the colours of the Garden through our visitors’ eyes (or lenses)!”

The competition presents an opportunity for visitors to explore and showcase the Garden’s heritage landscape and plant collection, which includes rare and endangered plants from all over the world. A green oasis of peace, tranquillity and inspiration in the heart of the city.

Highlights include; Glasshouse Range, Bee Borders, Scented Garden, Rising Path and Systematic Beds, Limestone Rock Garden, Lake, and Woodland Garden.

With 40 acres of different landscapes and a plant collection from all over the world, there is always something different to capture.

A selection of winning images is planned to feature alongside the main IGPOTY exhibition when it tours to CUBG in 2023.

Prizes & Why should I enter?


First adult prize:

By entering this category your image stands a chance to win ‘The Colours of Cambridge University Botanic Garden’ 1st place title.

  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at CUBG
  • Special prize awarded by CUBG: 1x one year joint membership to CUBG plus a bespoke, private behind-the-scenes tour of the Garden (with senior member of the management team) and afternoon tea in the Garden Café (for up to 4 people).
  • 1x signed ‘Director’s Choice’ guidebook.

  • Second adult prize:

  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at CUBG
  • Prizes awarded by CUBG: complimentary visit to CUBG and afternoon tea in the Garden Café (for 2 people) plus 1x signed ‘Director’s Choice’ guidebook.

  • Third adult prize:

  • Signed individual certificate
  • Image exhibited at CUBG
  • Prizes awarded by CUBG: complimentary visit to CUBG (for 2 people) plus 1x signed ‘Director’s Choice’ guidebook.
  • 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, 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:

    Only images captured at Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) are valid. Entries cannot win the overall IGPOTY prize.

    Images captured during any year at CUBG are valid for entry, however the minimum IGPOTY entry (size) requirements above must still be adhered to.

    The competition is free-to-enter. Adults only (18+) may enter. CUBG employees are excluded from entry; volunteers are permitted to enter. Each entrant may upload a maximum of 8 images. For any prizes awarded by CUBG the winner/s must be available to attend CUBG premises/consent to contact using provided contact information. All awarded entrants are consenting to contact/publicity from IGPOTY and CUBG by entering. No alternative prizes will be given. Standard IGPOTY rules apply. Closing time for entries on the deadline date is midday (noon) GMT.

    Entry fees, booking and any current COVID-19 rules may apply to gain admittance to CUBG.

    Competition details

    Special award
    Online submissions
    Entry start date:
    June 11, 2022
    Closing date:
    October 31, 2022, 12 noon GMT
    Cost of entry:
    £FREE (up to 8x free image slots per adult)

    How do I enter?

    Online submissions

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

    Partner: Cambridge University Botanic Garden

    Exhibition Partner

    Background image

    Credit: © Howard Rice/CUBG