Photographers of all skill levels are being urged to capture autumn’s arrival ahead of submitting shots that could see them crowned International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY).
Issuing its final call for entries, IGPOTY and its organisers pointed to inspiration for entrants in the shape of this season’s shorter days, softer light and richness of colours in rural and city gardens.
"Now is the time to be finalising your entries for this year’s competition," said the organisers, referring to the submissions deadline of October 31.
"With 8 categories to choose from, there is something for everyone…amateurs and professionals…and you don’t need expensive camera equipment either – images from compact cameras and entry-level SLR cameras are all welcome."
The overall winner will be handed a cash prize of £5,000 while the 'Best Portfolio' winner will receive £2,000 alongside a gold medal from the Royal Photographic Society.
There is also a ‘Best In Category’ prize of £500, up for grabs in each of the eight categories, which include Beauty of Plants; Wildlife in the Garden, Trees, Woods & Forests and Greening the City.
In addition, the ‘New Shoots’ award will go to a newcomer to photography or someone who is at the first stages of a career in garden photography. Qualifying criteria is available.
But regardless of category and skill-level, every entrant can receive feedback on the image or images (four photos can be entered for £10) they submit by an expert judge.
"Thinking caps on, cameras at the ready!" said IGPOTY. "Start finalising those award winning garden images now – it’s never too early to submit your entries, and it’s still not too late to shoot something new."
An exhibition tied to the competition tours the UK and worldwide, hosted at prestigious locations including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, plus venues across Europe and those as far afield as Sydney, Australia.