Crocus imperati by Sue Bishop, one of 2013's finalists

This competition has now closed. The winners will be announced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

If you missed this year's competition, then look out for the 2018 competition which will be launched at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

2017 competition information

Not only was the prize money boosted, we also extended the range of categories, and to encourage more people to share their two passions of gardening and photography, taking part became free of charge (maximum of five entries per application).

The nine categories were designed to have broad appeal, including Celebrating RHS Gardens, Pure Plants and Greening Grey Britain. There were also categories for Young Photographer (11–17 years) and Children’s Photographer (under 11s).

Photographers of all ages could enter the Social Media category: any image submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts, using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The image could be related to anything horticultural or gardening, and a monthly winner was selected by our social media followers. Each monthly winner was then fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.



Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2017 

Young Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2017
£750 Wex Photographic vouchers

Adult categories

First prize:  £500 + RHS Gift membership
Second prize:  £250
Third prize:  £150

Portfolio category

Winner:  £500 + RHS Gift membership + chance to win an RHS Gold medal

Young photographer (11-17)

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

Children's photographer (under 11)

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

More information

For further information and help please email

Terms & Conditions

Read the rules for the 2017 RHS Photographic Competition.


2017 judging panel

The competition will be judged by an expert panel, drawn from both the RHS and professional photographers. Judges include:

Chris YoungChris Young – Editor of the RHS members' magazine The Garden – who is chair of the judging panel. A keen gardener and trained landscape designer, he has a passion for photography and for an image’s ability to capture the beauty of gardens, plants and open spaces. He has been a judge on the competition for eight years, and always enjoys the range of images that are submitted:
“It is the variety of photographs that people capture that represents so well the sheer personal interest and diversity that our gardens and plants hold for us all,” he says.

Clive NicholsClive Nichols has established a reputation as one of the world's finest flower and garden photographers. His passion for the subject comes across in every image that he makes. Clive's work has appeared in hundreds of books as well as in countless magazines, calendars and brochures. Over the past 25 years he has amassed a stunning collection of over 80,000 images which are available for reproduction. Clive regularly gives masterclasses in flower and garden photography, and also photographs interiors, travel, architecture and lifestyle, undertaking many prestigious commissions.

Marianne Majerus is one of the world's foremost garden photographers. She has won many awards for her work, which is widely published around the world, and she has published many books. Her recent book, Garden Design: A Book of Ideas, earned her the Garden Media Guild prize for 'Book Photographer of the Year'.




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