Gardens in Focus Photography Competition

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  1. Plant Portraiture 
  2. Garden Views 
  3. Garden Creatures 
  4. Youth competition (open to those under 21 years old)
  5. International Botanic Gardens


  • Grand First Prize – $8,000 cash
  • Second prize – $1,500 in cash
  • Third prize – $500 in cash
  • Winning photographs are featured in an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney and the prestigeous International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Image requirements: JPG format; 1024 x 768 pixels for landscape format and 768 high x 564 wide for portrait mode; image file size between 500 Kb and 1 Mb.

There is no limit to how many times a photographer may enter. Online submission only. The photos must be taken at an Australian or New Zealand botanic garden for categories 1 to 4 or an international botanic garden for category 5, within the 12 months before competition closing.

Judging criteria:

  • Technical ability including appropriate focal precision and exposure, control of camera shake, white balance and image resolution.
  • Creative vision including composition and graphic quality, use of colour or tones and the degree of originality in the interpretation of the scene.
  • Images with depth and feeling will also score highly.


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