Friends of RBGE Photography Competition 2018


The 2018 Photography Competition is now open for entries. This year we are introducing new categories to open up the competition to a wider audience and encourage photographers to submit their best images of plants, landscapes and the natural environment. In addition to the main categories below we are running a monthly promotion on Instagram at #RBGEphotocomp to showcase some of the amazing images taken by visitors to our four Gardens in Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan.

The competition is open for entries until 31 October 2018. 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 £1000.  They will also receive a canvas print of their photograph and a voucher for a photography workshop, courtesy of Jessops.

Each category winner will receive a cash prize of £250 and a canvas print of their photograph from Jessops.

All shortlisted and winning photographs will be displayed in the photography exhibition at RBGE in 2019 and will feature in a 2020 calendar published by RBGE.  All winning photographs will be published in the Botanics magazine.

Visitors to the exhibition in 2019 will have the opportunity to cast their own vote for their favourite photograph. The winner of the People's Choice will be announced at the end of the exhibition and will receive a cash prize of £500.

The Categories

Plant Portrait

A photograph of a single plant or group of plants primarily of the same species

In the RBGE Gardens

A photograph taken in any of the four RBGE Gardens (Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan).  This can be of single plants, a landscape, wildlife or buildings

Useful Plants

A photograph of plants that are used for human food or medicine.  The photograph may be a study of a particular plant or of an agricultural or industrial subject that involves a plant

The Fragile Landscape

A landscape of a particular ecosystem that is under threat or that the photographer believes is important to conserve. 


A photograph of a plant taken in a manner that produces an abstract composition.  The entry should state the species of the plant

Young Photographer

Any photograph of a plant or landscape focussing on plants, that has been taken by someone age 17 or under on the closing date of the competition.

People’s Choice Award

Visitors to the exhibition in 2019 will have the opportunity to cast their own vote for their favourite photograph.  The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

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Enter the Competition

It costs £12 for 3 entries to the Competition, with additonal entries charged at £3 each. RBGE Members will receive an additional 2 free entries. Entries for the Young Photographer category cost £3 per entry, with a maximum of 3 entries permitted per person. Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

2017 Overall Winner: Gabriela Silveira

2017 Wildlife Winner: Mark Beautyman

2017 Young Photographer Winner: Edward Beretti-Cahen

2017 Garden View Winner: George Swanson

2017 Abstract Winner: Chris Harding

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)