Wildlife in the Garden-competition-15

Wildlife in the Garden

Competition 15 - Category

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This Category is closed for entries.

About Wildlife in the Garden

In a world where natural habitats are being depleted, gardens are a haven for wildlife. It is then the job of garden and wildlife photography to capture these wild creatures that use our gardens and parks. They can become familiar companions, or rare and special visitors. These may be creatures that only you are privileged to see - a nocturnal hedgehog for example - or they could be tiny insects that are easily overlooked - except by the keen photographer!

They may also be creatures you can only see in a nature reserve. This category is about all the creatures that enjoy gardens and green spaces, from beetles and butterflies to birds and badgers. Use techniques of both garden and wildlife photography to try to capture that moment that shows wildlife flourishing in an abundant, verdant environment.

For the avoidance of doubt - IGPOTY does not accept any images of taxidermied animals, nor that have been photographed using live bait, no captured animals, nor use of animal models.


Compelling wildlife photography often shows the character of the creature in a unique and revealing way. Capturing elements of behaviour are key to wildlife photography and so are reflected in winners of this category who blend this eye for behaviour with beautiful and diverse green environments.

Wider benefits

Wildlife photography is noted for its ability to raise conversations on conservation. At IGPOTY we’re all about doing this in a positive way and building respect and awareness for nature through the beauty and importance of green environments. You can help direct the flow of this conversation by photographing animals/insects through the combined lens of garden photography and wildlife photography. This mix of understanding and styles can create stunning results and immense inspiration.

Do not be afraid to show insects and animals at all ages and stages of growth. As long as respect is shown for them.

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!
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 photographic categories for wildlife photography, 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).

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 12, 2021
Closing date:
October 31, 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.

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