Photography competition for garden & coast lovers

Breathing spaces winning picture of Corfe Castle in Dorset by Andy Ferrer © Andy Ferrer

Breathing spaces winning picture of Corfe Castle in Dorset by Andy Ferrer

The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) is the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography and is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The competition is open to everyone anywhere in the world, both amateur and professional photographers. There are eight categories to enter, including the National Trust category – ‘Breathing Spaces’ and a new special award for 2014; ‘Changing Coastlines’. (There is also a special section for people under 16 years of age).

Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape - a wide vista or a favourite hideaway.

The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

You can enter your photographs of Trust properties freely into the competition, but your entries can be of any open space or green location.

Changing Coastlines

As part of the Breathing Spaces category we are excited to announce a new special award for this year, ‘Changing Coastlines’. The award is for photography of the United Kingdom coastline only and is looking to showcase images that illustrate the diverse nature of the coast, the plant life that depends on this environment, and the people who enjoy the open spaces, on holiday as well as those that call it home.

Examples might be vulnerable sand dune flora, the effects of erosion on the landscape, or simple fragile beauty such as migratory birds or butterflies balancing on a cliff top flora.

Images must include aspects of plant life. The objective is to show how the coast plays host to myriad, diverse and ancient relationships enjoyed by both wild and human creatures.

Competition details and prizes

There is a fee for entering the competition which helps to cover the expense of mounting and touring the exhibition. This fee is £10 for four single images, or £25 for a portfolio. Under 16s can enter for free. A book of the exhibition is normally produced each year.

The competition closes on 31st October. Winners will be announced at the opening of the Kew exhibition, in March 2015. First prize for the Breathing Spaces category is £500. The winner of the changing coastline category will win a selection of outdoor / garden goodies from the Trust shop.