Countdown to the photography competition deadline – your questions answered
By: Philip Smith - 25/10/2010
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?
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?
Deadline is 30 November 2010, midnight. Good luck!
- Philip -
About Philip Smith
Philip Smith is a professional photographer specialising in gardens and plants with 15 years’ experience. His photography has featured in many magazines and books including The English Garden, The Garden (RHS) , and Gardeners’ World. His work has also featured in exhibitions at Kew Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley and London.
As co-founder and Managing Director of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Philip is responsible for the world’s premier competition in the field, which culminates in an annual exhibition at Kew Gardens and other venues. Philip is the author of Better Plant and Garden Photography.
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