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RHS Photographic Competition 2018

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RHS Photographic Competition winner Abstract and details 2017 - Leaves of Fire by Ceri D Jones. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection
RHS Photographic Competition winner Abstract and details 2017 - Leaves of Fire by Ceri D Jones. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

For beginners and experts alike – entries close March 1

Capture the beauty of your garden on camera and enter The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Photographic Competition, sponsored by The Sunday Times.

Don’t be put off by the high-profile nature of the competition – there were more than 10,000 entries last year – it’s free, open to anyone and you can submit your photographs online.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places in each category from a prize fund of £10,000. The winner of each adult category will receive a year’s membership to the RHS.

Highlights include the Urban Gardening category underpinning the RHS Greening Grey Britain campaign.

Diverse categories

The nine categories are:

  • Celebrating Gardens
  • Welcoming Garden Wildlife
  • Pure Plants
  • Abstract
  • Urban Gardening
  • Social Media
  • Under 18s (age 11-17)
  • Under 11s
  • Portfolio.

Winners in exhibition

Winning photographs will feature in an exhibition at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair on July 11-12, which will then tour the four RHS Gardens at Wisley, Hyde Hall, Rosemoor and Harlow Carr.

The pictures will be selected by the judging panel for their originality, creativity, artistry and technical excellence, chaired by Chris Young, editor of The Garden.

Chris said: “We are surrounded by the beauty of plants, garden and nature, so this photography competition is the perfect way to celebrate the diversity of our world around us.

No experience needed

“We are calling on all people – whether first-time gardeners or experienced photographers – to record and submit their images for free to our competition.”

Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times Magazine editor and The Sunday Times editorial director, said: “I look forward to being dazzled by the ingenuity and creativity of Britain’s photographers. Get busy snapping your best plants, flowers and garden scenes.”

The competition will close at 10am on Thursday 1 March. To enter visit www.rhs.org.uk/photocomp.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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