With just three weeks left before the deadline, the Royal Horticultural Society is urging all budding amateur and professional photographers to submit their entries to this year’s RHS Photographic Competition.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the competition unites two of the UK’s favourite pastimes: gardening and photography, and caters for adult and under-18 entrants across nine categories including Pure Plants, Welcoming Garden Wildlife and Urban Gardening.
Prizes up for grabs include £5,000 for the overall winner and more than 20 other cash and equipment prizes. In addition, category winners have the opportunity to see their works exhibited at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show, RHS Gardens (RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon, RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex) in September, and in members’ magazine The Garden.
Last year’s overall winners, chosen from more than 10,000 entries, were Kristina Zvinakeviciute in the adult category for her image of a soldier beetle on hair grass and Indigo Larmour in the under 11s category for her shot of a grasshopper on a succulent.
RHS Competition Judge and Editor of The Garden magazine, Chris Young, said: ”We want as many people to enter our competition as possible – to share our love and passion of plants, gardens, nature and people. Photography is so exciting at the moment, with both smart phones and digital cameras, that it’s so easy to enter. And as the competition is free to enter five images, anyone can have a go.”’
Entries should be submitted online at rhs.org.uk/photocomp by 10am on Friday 1 March 2019. Winners will be announced in July on the RHS website.