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Deadline: November 30, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: From Free to £25 per category

The 2012 Int’l Garden Photographer of the Year

IGPOTY2012 The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. There are no restrictions on the type of camera you use, or the techniques you use to produce your final image

You have to pay a fee to enter. But unlike free competitions, we provide feedback on request (after the judging), we have a huge range of cash and other prizes available to winners and to runners-up, together with the unique prize of having a photograph exhibited in our exhibitions.


The Beauty of Plants: Achieving great images of plants and flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of…

Beautiful Gardens : Visiting a garden is a great day out for many of us. We can stand and admire the work of gardeners who have dedicated themselves to creating a personal paradise for the enjoyment of themselves…

Wildlife in the Garden: In a world where natural habitats are being depleted, gardens are a haven for wildlife. The wild creatures that use our gardens and parks can become familiar companions, or rare and special visitors…

Breathing Spaces: Sponsored by the National Trust Photobox. This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being…

Bountiful Earth: Mother Earth provides everything we need to live – food and medicine. We celebrate the gifts of the earth, from the allotment to the wild medicinal herb, from the crops on which we depend to the…

Trees Woods & Forests: This year we are celebrating the tree in all its diverse forms. From the gnarled old oak to the mighty redwood, we are inviting you to show us how important trees are in our lives and in the health of our planet…

Wildflower Landscapes: Flowers that were once widespread amongst fields, meadows and woods are now extremely rare and some have become extinct in the wild. This is largely due to disappearing habitats…

Greening the City: On our crowded planet, town gardens, parks, open spaces and city nature reserves create conditions for a surprising variety of plant and wildlife to thrive. Some plants have adapted to a changing…

Photo Projects: This year for Competition 6 we are running 3 seasonal Photo Projects competitions alongside the main annual event. You can enter images regardless of the weather or season in your country…

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: SINGLE IMAGE (International Garden Photographer of the Year): £5000


This year we will again place the emphasis not only on the great cash prizes we have on offer, but ways in which you can use your competition entry to improve your photography. In addition to the cash and equipment prizes, we are offering everyone who enters the chance to have a personal critique of your entry ELIGIBILITY: Worldwide Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: By submitting images to the Competition, you confirm and warrant that you are the sole author of each entry and that it is your original work and you are the sole owner of the copyright in each image. USAGE RIGHTS: If your image is short-listed you will be contacted and invited to grant permission for your image to be used to promote the Competition and exhibition only. For avoidance of doubt, no free usage of any photograph is permitted by International Garden Photographer of the Year, or any of its partners or sponsors outside the scope of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and exhibition. There is no plan envisaged by International Garden Photographer of the Year, or any of its partners or sponsors, to create a general commercial archive of photographs entered into this competition. Failure to agree to this licence will not disqualify any photograph from the competition.

This invitation will state as follows:
You grant International Garden Photographer of the Year and its supporting partners a non- exclusive, irrevocable, royalty free licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the photographs for any purpose connected with the Competition. This may include, but is not limited to:

(a) inclusion on the Site and on the websites of sponsors and supporters;
(b) inclusion in associated books;
(c) display at any associated exhibitions
(d) use in press releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press giving information about or promoting the Competition.

You also agree that the organisers can sub-license images to the media for reproduction in connection with the Competition and Exhibition only. International Garden Photographer of the Year will make every effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium.

Images used on any merchandise commissioned by the organisers will be subject to separate agreements which will be discussed individually with photographers.

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