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Deadline: 30th November 2010
Entry Fee: Varies depending on which section of the Competition, and in which category, you wish to enter.

The 4th International Garden Photographer of the Year

iGPOTY_logo_small.jpg (9 KB)The fourth International Garden Photographer of the Year competition opened for entries on 6th February 2010. This year the competition has a brand new format – ‘4 Seasons’ – four seasonal competitions, based on specific themes, which allows photographers to win cash prizes throughout the year.

“We want people to rush out with their cameras when the weather is right and have fun working with our seasonal themes.” Says organizer Philip Smith

The first ‘4 Seasons’ competition is on the theme of Winter Beauty’ with a closing date of February 28th. For more details on the other seasonal themes and deadlines visit the website –
Everyone who enters goes automatically through to the main International Garden Photographer of the Year competition with a closing date of 30th November 2010.

“The 4 Seasons competitions will widen the pool of people who can win prizes and recognition for their photography” says organizer Philip Smith, “and the International Garden Photographer of the Year award will be decided by judging points built up over the year – plus the awards they win during the final judging.

We are also pleased to be introducing ‘Wildflowers’ as a separate category this year. We will use this category in our exhibitions to highlight issues around the alarming disappearance of wild places – this affects everyone.”

The competition provides a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration for both aspiring and expert photographers who are encouraged, no matter what their level of experience, to enter this year’s competition. Exciting prizes include a top cash award of £5,000. Every entrant will benefit just from taking part as they will have access to a series of workshops and talks, online critiques of their photographs on request, plus ‘top tips’ available as downloads from the website – The competition culminates in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Photographers can enter any number of single photographs, or themed portfolios of six, into the competition’s six categories.
They are: Wildlife in the Garden, Plant Portraits, Garden Views, People in the Garden, Wildflowers, and Trees.
Budding photographers less than 16 years old can compete for the Young Garden Photographer of theYear

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: TOP PRIZES include £5000 for single image, ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY GOLD MEDAL PLUS £2000 CASH for portfolio. Cash prizes for each Category. Publicity and Exhibitions. Everybody who has entered the fourth annual IGPOTY competition will be eligible for a FREE ENTRY (value £13 for adults) to Kew Gardens, London, UK, on a specified date in May or June 2011 (exact date to be announced). On this day IGPOTY judges will be on hand at the exhibition site to answer your questions and to give you feedback on your entries – you will need to bring prints or your photos on your camera. Please note this offer will only be valid on the date we specify.In addition, the IGPOTY team will provide personal feedback on entries by email to anyone on request, after the winners have been announced publicly. Simply email with your request. ELIGIBILITY: open to everyone except those involved in its organisation Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: 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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