The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched its annual competition to find its Photographer and Young Photographer of the Year.

RHS launches annual photographic competition

One of the most prestigious garden photography competitions in the world, the competition attracts entrants from more than 40 countries. Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit images that celebrate the wonder and diversity of the natural world.

There are five distinct categories: plants; abstracts and details; seasons; celebrating gardens, and wildlife. These, says the RHS, give entrants ample scope for expressing their preferred photography style, ‘whether this is revealing the beauty deep within a flower, finding a unique vantage point from which to shoot a wide angle garden view or capturing wildlife in its native habitat’.
Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in each category, from an overall prize fund of £7,550. In addition, the winner of each category will receive a year’s RHS gift membership.
This year the RHS has doubled the top prize to £2,000, which along with the coveted title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2014 will be awarded to one of the five adult category winners. The winning images will be selected by the judging panel for their originality, creativity, artistry and technical excellence.
There are two additional categories specifically for budding young photographers under the age of 18. Entrants to these categories will compete for the title of RHS Young Photographer of the Year and a prize of £500 to spend on the Wex Photographic website.
‘Photographing gardens and the natural world offers a huge variety of photographic opportunities and really allows professional and amateur photographers to be creative with their compositions and the techniques they adopt,’ says garden photographer and competition judge, Clive Nichols. ‘Every year the quality of images submitted make for an enjoyable yet difficult task for myself and the rest of the judging panel, and I am sure the standard this year will be no exception.’
Other judges include Chris Young, editor of  The Garden magazine and RHS images manager, Carol Sheppard. Entries can be submitted online until 2 November 2014.

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