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Deadline: 31st August 2010
Entry Fee: £4 (RHS members) and £5 (non-members) per print entered in each adult category (aged 19 and over).

The RHS Photographic Competition 2010

rhs_logo.gif (8 KB)The RHS supports great garden photography. Whether you’re a budding photographer, garden enthusiast or just someone who likes taking snap shots of the outdoors, there is a category and prize waiting for you. From a close-up detail of a leaf to a sweeping panoramic garden view, from people working in their gardens to the wildlife living in them, we want to celebrate the diversity of gardens through photography.

The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers alike with six 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.

Competition categories

We welcome a range of photography that reflects all aspects of gardens. It is from the below six categories that the RHS Photographer of the Year will be chosen:

* Garden Plants Study
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.
* Abstract
This is open to interpretation; it could be a close-up of a plant, a detail of a tree or a shadow on a lawn.
* The Seasonal Garden
Photos of gardens showing their seasonality. This could be golden leaves in autumn, a hot summer’s day, the first signs of spring or a frosty morning in winter.
* Garden Wildlife
Photos of insects, birds and creatures found wild in the garden (N.B. this does not include domestic pets).
* Gardening and Gardeners
Photos of gardeners or of people gardening; this could be in a shed, a greenhouse, on an allotment or out in a garden.
* Fruit and Veg
This category covers garden edibles which have been grown in a garden, allotment or even a pot on a windowsill.

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

* Young Photographer (under 18)
Up to five photos can be entered on anything from the above subjects.
* Children’s Photograph (under 11)
Up to five photos can be entered on anything that interests you in your garden from a frog in a pond to super tall sunflowers.

The Medici Cards Award will be decided from all the images entered into the competition and presented to the photographer Medici Cards feels has a good eye for commercial photography.

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: Digital camera * Second: Photographic vouchers * Third: Photographic vouchers. The Medici Cards Award: Image made into a greeting card and the winner will receive 200 copies of their card to keep. ELIGIBILITY: All Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Copyright will remain with the photographer. However by entering this competition the photographer/entrant agrees to the RHS exhibiting the winning images and using the winning images to publicise the competition, the exhibition and the RHS. 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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