Photography Competition 2015

Organised by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that the Photography Competition has returned for 2015. Over the last few years we have received an astounding variety of images that have portrayed the wonderful views to be seen in the Gardens, the many different plants that contribute to the overall beauty of those views and the insects that exist, largely unseen, in remarkable worlds of their own, all around us. Once again we're calling on you to take your cameras and seek out the most striking images you can find to help us capture the beauty of our treasured Gardens. This year we've also added a new category to showcase the wide variety of flora that can be found throughout Scotland; Scotland's Flora.

The competition is now open for entries and will run until Tuesday 30 September 2015.

The entry form can be opened using the link on the right hand side of this page. You will need a programme that can open PDF files which are widely available to download for free.

All funds raised will be used to support the Garden's world class research and conservation work.

The Prizes

The overall winner will win a cash prize of £100.

Each category winner will receive a prize of £25.

Winning photographs will also be published in the Botanics magazine and the Scotsman newspaper as well as being exhibited at RBGE.

The Categories

Scotland's Flora

An image showing the wealth of flora growing in Scotland. The photograph can depict either a single or group of plants taken anywhere in Scotland. A new category for this year!

Garden View

A landscape photograph taken in any of the four Gardens.

Plant Portrait

A plant (tree, shrub or flower) either singly or in a group of the same plant, or a close-up, taken in any of the four Gardens.


An experimental or expressionistic photograph (could be of a plant, an animal or a view of one of the Gardens).

Wildlife in the Garden

Animals, insects or birds taken in any of the four Gardens.

Young Photographer: My Favourite Flower/Tree/Plant

For budding photographers below the age of 17 we have a separate category. Young photographers can submit photographs on the theme of My Favourite Flower/Tree/Plant which can be taken anywhere in Scotland.

Please note that images should not feature any identifiable people.

We're looking forward to receiving your best pictures.

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2014 Overall Winner by David Purvis

2014 Wildlife category winner by Mark Beautyman

2014 Young Photographer winner by Felix Woods

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