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Countdown to the photography competition deadline – your questions answered

Philip Smith
25 October 2010

We have been answering competitors' questions over the last few weeks as everyone prepares their entries for International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 2010/11. The deadline for competition entries is 30 November 2010. Here we share those answers!



Winner of the first International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Kenrokuen Gardens, by Claire Takacs.


Q: How can I find out about the competition?

A: The International Garden Photographer of the Year website has all the information you need.

Q: Is there a limit on the number of photographs I can enter?

A: No there isn’t.

Q: If I enter lots of photographs will that increase my chance of winning?

A: It stands to reason that the more photographs you enter the higher your chance of winning. But each image is judged on its own merit, without reference to other photographs that have been entered.

Q: I haven’t got any points awarded to me from the 4Seasons category from earlier this year – so does that mean I have no chance of winning anything?

A: No certainly not. The points system will determine the overall title of International Garden Photographer of the Year and the top prize. All the other awards and prizes are decided by the judge’s opinions alone. Winning or being a finalist in any of the categories puts you in a good position to win the top prize. 

Q: Will my 4Seasons entries from earlier this year be judged again?

A: Yes - all of these will be reviewed and allocated to the other categories if shortlisted.

Q: How do I qualify for the ‘Best Image of Kew’ and ‘Best Images of Wakehurst’ prizes?

A: Just put Kew or Wakehurst in your caption information – we will do the rest.

Q: I’m a complete amateur and I don’t have much money – why don’t you make the entry free for amateurs?

A: You have to pay a fee to enter the competition as this enables us to put on the exhibition and all of the associated activities through the year which a lot of people enjoy. We do offer discounts through partners such as Amateur Photographer who have published a voucher code in their magazine. The current one is AP71 which gives you a £5 discount on any one transaction.

Q: When will the results be announced?

A: It takes us 3 months to do the judging; we will expect to announce finalists and commended in February 2011; winners will be announced in April or May, just before the lunch of the next exhibition at Kew Gardens.

Q: Can you give me some tips on how to win?

A: Have a look at our blog post – ‘What the judges look for’.


Deadline is 30 November 2010, midnight. Good luck!

- Philip -


Come and meet me at Wakehurst on October 30 and 31 where I will be signing my book ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ – I’ll be ready to answer any other questions you have!

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