Photography Competition 2017

Organised by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that the Photography Competition has returned for 2017. 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 wildlife that exists 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 and wide variety of flora that can found throughout Scotland. 

The competition is now open for entries and will run until Saturday 30 September 2017.

The entry form can be downloaded using the link at the bottom 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 win a cash prize of £100 from the Friends of RBGE, their photograph printed onto an A3 canvas by Jessops and a voucher for a Jessops photography workshop.

Each category winner will receive a prize of £25 from the Friends of RBGE and their photograph printed onto an A4 canvas by Jessops.

Winning photographs will also be published in the Botanics magazine as well as being exhibited at RBGE and in Jessops store at 8 Castle Street, Edinburgh.

All entrants will receive Jessops discount vouchers.

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.

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 under 17 years of age 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 and, this year, must be DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS ONLY (images to be 300ppi and printable to A4 with a file size of under 10MB).

We're looking forward to receiving your best pictures.

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2015 Overall Winner by Alan Pottinger

2015 Wildlife category winner by Marcy Ford

2015 Plant Portrait winner by Helen Lunden

2015 Scotland’s Flora winner by Rod Hanchard-Goodwin

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