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Photo competition

RHS Photographic Competition 2014

Winning photograph: Foxgloves at Great Dixter House by Heather Buckley

With more and more people taking photographs – either with a dedicated camera, a smartphone or tablet – the RHS is encouraging you to submit your best photos of the natural world for a chance to become the RHS Photographer of the Year 2014. 

Perhaps you enjoy moving in close to reveal the often-hidden beauty deep within a flower, or prefer to find a vantage point from where to shoot a wide-angle view of a garden; maybe you love showing wildlife in its native habitat, or endeavour to encapsulate the beauty of a season in one glorious shot – we have categories that will match your passion. 

The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers from anywhere in the world, with five distinct categories for adults and two for children and young people. This year we have doubled the top adult prize to £2000, which, together with the coveted title of RHS Photographer of the Year will be awarded to one of the five category winners. On top of £500 prize money, each of the five adult category winners will also receive RHS Gift Membership, entitling the recipient to a year’s free entry to all four RHS Gardens. Our gifted young photographers will compete for the honour of being named RHS Young Photographer of the Year, and with it a prize of £500 to spend on the Wex Photographic website

Preparing to land by Sarah-Fiona HelmeAs with last year we are only accepting digital submissions which must be uploaded through our website as we no longer accept prints.

Enter the 2014 RHS Photo Competition here.

Closing date for receipt of all entries is 2 November 2014. 

RHS Photographer of the Year


Adult photographers may enter as many images in as many categories as they wish. The RHS Photographer of the Year award is chosen from the five category winners: 


Plant portraits should show the plant, tree or shrub as a whole or near whole entity. For example, a photograph could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, show a clump of a specific species in its natural environment or portray a single tree in a landscape. If you wish to submit close-ups or macro shots, please enter these into the Abstracts and Details category.

Abstracts and Details

This might be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. This category allows the photographer to demonstrate their own creativity and originality by creating a unique piece of photographic art from a single subject.

Celebrating Gardens

This category has a wide remit allowing several interpretations. You may choose to shoot a beautiful garden view at dawn or sunset to make the most of the magic light; alternatively you could capture a great shot of people enjoying their garden during a social gathering. Let your imagination be your guide, and show us what you love about your garden or those you visit.


Photographs submitted in this category should leave no doubt as to which season is being depicted. Frost, snow and ice all convey winter, while in spring fresh colours of pink, yellow and green usually predominate. From the saturated blowsy colours of summer to the mellow mists of autumn, we want to see what the seasons say to you.


This category invites you to enter your best photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or in their native environment. You may wish to focus on a creature’s interaction with plants, or reveal an aspect of their natural behaviour.  

RHS Young Photographer of the Year

These categories are especially for children and young people aged under 18 on the date of entry. It is from these submissions that the RHS Young Photographer of the Year will be chosen: 

Young Photographer (age 11-17)

A maximum of three photos can be entered depicting something plant, garden or wildlife-related that interests you, and which makes an interesting picture. 

Children’s Photographer (under 11)

A maximum of three photos can be entered depicting something plant, garden or wildlife-related that interests you, and which makes an interesting picture. 

How to enter

Please click here for the entry form


RHS Photographer of the Year £2,000

RHS Young Photographer of the Year £500 Wex Photographic vouchers


First prize £500 + RHS Gift Membership
Second prize £250
Third prize £150

Children and Young Photographers (under 18)

First prize: £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second prize: £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third prize: £50 Wex Photographic vouchers 

Entry Fees

£5 per photograph (RHS members)
£6 per photograph (non-members)
There are no entry fees to enter the under-18 categories 

More information

For further information and help please email 

Terms & Conditions

Read the terms & conditions for the 2014 RHS Photographic Competition. 

How to enter

Get snapping and submit your photographs

Previous winners

Winners of 2012

Winners of 2011

Winners of 2010

For further information and help please email

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