Garden photographers called to compete

Photographers are often willing to spend time and money to receive professional feedback about the images they capture, for their own piece of mind or for their freelance careers.

Even if they need to invest weeks on a training course, what they learn will eventually help them win international photography competitions, or so many of them might hope.

No longer is all that looking, learning, waiting and hoping necessary, as one industry contest is offering all entrants tailored feedback, with the potential to win cash prizes in the process.

Open to all photographers, The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) is calling for single or groups of images in seven different categories.

They are: Wildlife in the Garden; Plant Portraits, Garden Views, People in the Garden, The Edible Garden, Trees and World Botanic Gardens.

Every entrant will have access to a series of workshops and talks, online critiques of entrants’ photographs, plus ‘top tips’ in a series of downloads from the competition’s website.

Moreover, as the winning photos from last year’s contest are currently on display at the Royal Botanic Gardens, entrants can visit for inspiration or for a clue on the standard expected.

A judging panel made up of industry experts will select 100 finalists whose photos will be professionally exhibited at Kew Gardens in London, for the summertime of 2010.

One photographer will scoop the grand prize of £5,000, a runner-up will receive the same in cash and vouchers, and category winners will each win £700, as well as top photography kit.

Henrique Souto, an amateur photographer whose image of single leaves won last year’s portfolio section, said winning had had “an enormous impact on my photographic life.”

He added: “Anyone who likes floral and garden photography must try this contest. All of us have something to learn from each other.”

Uniquely for a major photography contest, entrants are guaranteed professional feedback on their images, which must be submitted no later than November 30, with a small entrance fee.

Aside from the finalists, 50 photographers will be commended and given a prize, in addition to their photos being published on the competition’s website until the end of this year.

Philip Smith, organiser of IGPOTY, said: “The competition provides huge opportunities to improve your photography and enjoy yourselves even if you don't win the big prize.

“There are 'early-bird' competitions running throughout the spring and summer with great prizes and chances to learn and improve your work.”


Editorial image courtesy of Susie



24th July 2009

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