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Deadline: September 05, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Varied Entry
Entry Fee: Free for under 18's / Adults from £5 per image

RHS Photographic Competition 2012

Print At the RHS we like to support and encourage great garden photography. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast, a garden enthusiast or new to both we’d love you to share your images with us in the RHS Photographic Competition.

Perhaps you would like to share a view of your own garden, a garden you’ve visited or a particular plant that catches your eye. Categories exist for people working in their gardens, the wildlife living in them and the seasons that affect them. We want to celebrate the wonder and diversity of gardens through photography.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers alike with five distinct categories for adults and two for children and young people. The top adult prize is £1,000 and has the coveted title of RHS Photographer of the Year, while younger photographers can battle it out for a digital camera and the chance to be named RHS Young Photographer of the Year.

For the first time this year we are only accepting digital submissions which can be uploaded through our website. Please note we will no longer be accepting prints. As the vast majority of photographs are taken digitally we feel this move should open the competition even wider and remove the burden of print and postage costs from entrants.

Competition categories

Plant Portraits ; Photos that show the plant, tree or shrub as a whole or near whole entity; for example a shot that includes the petals, stem and leaves of a flower giving a sense of the plant and its immediate environment.

Abstracts & Details ; This could be a close-up of a plant, a detail of a tree or a shadow on a wall.

Gardens through the Seasons ; Photos of gardens illustrating the different seasons. This could be a view from a window, a sweeping panorama, one of the RHS Gardens or a snow scene.

Wildlife in the Garden ; Photos of insects, birds and creatures found wild in the garden throughout the year.

People in the Garden ; Photos of gardeners or of people enjoying a garden.

RHS Young Photographer of the Year; These categories are especially for children and young people aged under 18. It is from these submissions that the RHS Young Photographer of the Year will be chosen:

Young Photographer (age 11-17)
A maximum of five photos can be entered on anything that interests you in the garden.

Children’s Photograph (under 11)
A maximum of five photos can be entered on anything that interests you in your garden.

The Medici Cards Award
The Medici Cards Award will be decided from all competition entries, and will be presented to the photographer who submits the image best suited for reproduction as a greetings card.

Entry fees
£5 per photograph (RHS members)

£6 per photograph (non-members)

There are no entry fees to enter the under 18 categories.


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: RHS Photographer of the Year £1,000

RHS Young Photographer of the Year Digital camera

Adult First prize £350, Second prize £200, Third prize £100

Children and Young Photographers (under 18) First prize: Digital camera, Second prize: Photographic vouchers, Third prize: Photographic vouchers

The Medici Cards Award: The image will be published by Medici Cards as a greetings card. The photographer will be credited and will receive 200 copies of their card. ELIGIBILITY: Open to All Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright will remain with the photographer. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering this competition the photographer/entrant agrees to the RHS using the images for possible exhibition, publication or promotional use.

Medici Cards has the option to publish the prize winning entries as part of the RHS Greeting Card Range, and will contact the prize winners accordingly. Prize winners will receive full photographers’ credit and payment in kind from Medici Cards

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