The RHS Photographic Competition inspires young and old alike to get outdoors and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be.
Categories – There are nine different categories in the competition, designed to have a broad appeal to aspiring entrants and cover different gardening-related topics:
Celebrating Gardens: get out and about photographing the very best of gardens – whether a spectacular part of an RHS garden or your own private space. From flower portrait to a wider view, or simply people enjoying the space around them, let your photographic imagination flourish and celebrate the essence of being in a garden.
Welcoming Garden Wildlife: beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings.
Pure Plants: if you love capturing plants growing happily in their location, this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole or near-whole entity. For example a photograph could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, or a clump of plants in their natural environment.
Abstract: let your imagination, originality and creativity go wild – submissions can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Image manipulation and graphic approaches are also welcomed.
Urban Gardening: whether you live in a flat, shared space or have a small outside terrace, all types of gardening can be undertaken in a city or town. Supporting the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign, we aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place – photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs.
Social Media: any image submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The image can be related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and a the winner will be selected by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.
Under 18s (age 11-17): any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.
Under 11s: any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.
Portfolio: This category is for a compilation of six images in a series or based on a common theme or style. This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Please submit your entries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am, 1 March 2018. Please submit your high resolution images via a file transfer tool such as WeTransfer.
– First prize £500
– Second prize £250
– Third prize £150
Entry deadline: 1st March 2018
Winners will be announced during the RHS Plant & Art Fair,11-12 July 2018 and will be notified they have been shortlisted prior to this.
Image requirements: JPG format; no larger than 10MB and at least 800 pixels along the longest side; no watermarks, borders, or signatures.
Competition rules can be read here
Online submission of digital photographs via the website www.rhs.org.uk