Photography Competition 2014

Organised by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that the Photography Competition has returned for 2014. 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, right under our eyes. 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.

We have extended the deadline this year to give you more time to take advantage of the summer light. The competition will open on Saturday 1 March and will run until Tuesday 30 September 2014. The entry form can be opened using the link on the right hand side of this page.

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

The Prizes

The overall winner will receive a year's digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine and a day with the RBGE's professional photographer Lynsey Wilson.

The category winners (not including the Young Photographer categories) will receive a year's digital subscription to Amateur Photographer magazine.

The prizes for the Young Photographer categories have yet to be announced.

The Categories

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

This year there are two sub-categories for the Young Photographer award, one for children under the age of 10 and one for photographers between the ages of 10 and 17. The theme for this category is 'My Favourite Flower/Tree/Plant.'

*Please note that images should not feature any identifiable people.

Conditions of Entry

  • Competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers.
  • Prints and digital images will be accepted from any type of film or digital cameras. Prints must be printed on an A4 page and unmounted. Digital image entries must be less than 10MB, but more than 3MB.
  • Entrants who wish to enter digital images are invited to use dropbox or yousendit.
  • Up to three photographs may be submitted for the entry fee of £10 and more may be submitted for £2 for each additional photo. Members can enter 5 images for £10 and may also submit extra images at a cost of £2 each. Young Photographers can enter up to 3 images at a cost of £2 each.
  • Prints: the back of each print must carry the name, address, telephone and email address of the entrant, the category for which the photo is entered, and the Garden in which it was taken. The (preferably Latin) name of featured plants(s) must be given for entries to Category 2 Prints should be posted, with completed entry form and fee, to Photography Competition, Membership Office, RBGE, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR.
  • Digital images: should be e-mailed to with a completed entry form attached. Please put your name as the subject of the email. The entry fee for digital entries should be posted, with a downloaded entry form, to the Membership Office as above.
  • Copyright of images will remain with the photographer, but RBGE and The Scotsman claim the right to exhibit the entries and to use them in publicity material to promote the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and/or its photography competition. For this purpose RBGE claims the right to edit or use images in combination with others.  
  • We regret that prints cannot be returned.
  • The winners will be chosen by judges appointed by RBGE. The judges' decision is final.
  • Photos must be the original work of the entrant and taken at one of the four Gardens of RBGE within the last year. Care must be taken not to damage plants or RBGE property in taking the photos. We would ask that tripods are not used in the rock garden.

We're looking forward to receiving your best pictures.

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2013 Winner Alan Pyke

2013 Winner by Alan Pyke

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