RHS Photographic Competition 2020


RHS Photographic Competition

RHS Photographic Competition

Opening: July 18, 2019
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: £150, £250, £500, £5,000, valuable prizes

The RHS Photographic Competition inspires young and old alike to get outdoors and record how enriching and inspiring gardens and plants can be

The RHS Photographic Competition is owned and run by the charity Royal Horticultural Society.

The competition is a multi-category, free to enter annual competition aimed at garden lovers, horticulturists and photographers alike.

The aim of the competition is to promote high quality and beautiful photography; and the RHS wants to inspire everyone to grow by encouraging people to share their two passions of gardening and photography.


There are nine different categories in the competition, designed to have a broad appeal to aspiring entrants and cover different gardening-related topics.

  • Celebrating Gardens
    whether in your own private space or a spectacular RHS garden, a tiny city patch to a formal domestic outside haven – get out and about photographing the very best of any style of garden. Consider elevated overviews from an upstairs window or simply images that capture the enjoyment people get from being in an outside space. Let your photographic imagination flourish and celebrate the essence – and beauty – of a garden.
  • Welcoming Garden Wildlife
    beautiful photographs of insects, birds and creatures found wild in your garden or garden surroundings. Images can be close up details or wider views of wildlife enjoying the outside environment.
  • All About Plants
    if you love capturing plants, showing them happily growing in their location, then this is the category for you. Submissions should show a plant, tree or shrub as a whole entity – macro photography or tiny details aren’t right for this category. Instead, photographs could include the flower, stem and leaves of one single plant, or a clump of plants in their natural environment. Show us the beauty of plants and how they grow outside – make us think about why we should all consider growing more plants.
  • Abstract
    let your imagination, originality and creativity go wild – submissions can be a close-up of a plant or an abstract view of plants or gardens. Image manipulation and graphic approaches are also welcomed. We want to be wowed by amazing images that challenge and make us think.
  • Urban Gardening
    whether you live in a flat, shared space or have a small outside terrace, all types of gardening can be undertaken in a city or town. Supporting the RHS Greening Great Britain campaign, photographs could be a view of a windowsill in an urban flat or a small planted area in the suburbs. Photographs may include people as much as plants, as we want to celebrate the importance of an outside space in urban areas.
  • Social Media
    any image can be entered into this category that is related to anything horticultural, gardening or wildlife. Images should be submitted via RHS Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #RHSphotocomp. The monthly shortlist will be selected by the RHS social media team and an RHS judge, and the winner will be voted for by our social media followers. Each monthly winner will then be fed into the competition judging for overall category winner.
  • Under 18s (age 11-17)
    any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.
  • Under 11s
    any photographs depicting something plant, garden or wildlife related that interests you.
  • Portfolio
    this unique category is judged for RHS medals and entrants must supply six images in a series, or based on a common theme or style. Shortlisted portfolios will be hung and displayed at an RHS Show in 2020, and will be judged as a display at the show. This category is open to both amateur and professional photographers.

NB: Submissions to the Social Media category must be via either Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and not via the RHS website. Images submitted in the Portfolio and Social Media categories do not preclude being entered into the other seven competition categories.


  • Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition – £5,000
  • Young Winner of the RHS Photographic Competition – £750 Wex Photographic vouchers

Adult categories

  • First Place – £500 + RHS Gift membership
  • Second Place – £250
  • Third Place – £150

Portfolio category

  • Best in Show – £500 + RHS Gift membership
  • RHS Medals are awarded

Under 18s

  • First place – £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
  • Second place – £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
  • Third place – £50 Wex Photographic vouchers

Under 11s

  • First place – £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
  • Second place – £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
  • Third place – £50 Wex Photographic vouchers


  • Competition opens for entries at 3pm, Thursday 18 July 2019.
  • The deadline for the entries is 10am, Friday 31 January 2020.
  • Winners of categories 1-8 will be announced and exhibited at the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show in 17-18 April 2020.
  • Medals for category 9 (Portfolio) will be judged and awarded at the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show in April 2020, and a ‘Best in show’ will be awarded.
  • After the RHS Show exhibition, a selection of images from across all 9 categories will be on display at RHS Gardens in summer 2020 – dates to be confirmed.

Website: https://www.rhs.org.uk/promotions/rhs-photo-competition


The Streets Call for Entry – Praxis Gallery
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