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Photographic Competition 2017

Each year we invite our members to enter our Photographic Competition

It’s the perfect opportunity to combine your passion for plants and photography. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your creativity in capturing stills of alpine and rock plants either in the wild or cultivation. 

There's still time to enter this year's comnpetition - you have until 8 December 2017.

Overall 2016 AGS Photographic Competition Winner (The best photograph from all classes)

Zeng gang, Sichuan Alpine Ecology Study Centre, P.R. China for Iris sp. in Class Three.


There are eight classes you can enter:

1. An alpine plant in its natural habitat with both plant(s) and landscape featured.

2. A portrait of an alpine plant in its natural habitat, featuring the entire plant as the main subject.

3. A close-up or detail of an alpine plant in its natural habitat or in cultivation. You could perhaps concentrate on a flower, foliage or seed head.

4. An alpine plant in cultivation in a garden setting. It can be in your garden or a garden you have visited.

5. An alpine garden or part of a garden showing features used to grow alpine plants such as troughs, raised beds, crevice gardens, pots, screes, alpine houses and so on.

6. Alpine fauna in the wild, either in the landscape or in association with plants. Insects have been popular subjects in the past, as have birds and mammals.

7. An alpine landscape not necessarily showing specific plants but concentrating on the scenic beauty and/or geology of the setting. You could be inspired by unusual natural beauty, from the small and intimate to the grand panorama.   

8. A quirky, amusing or unusual image featuring alpine plants. Digital manipulation is allowed in this class. In fact anything goes – let your imagination run riot!



2016 Class 7 Winner: An alpine landscape 

David Morris, Lancaster UK for Early morning from Wrynose Pass, Cumbria UK. 


There will be a first, second and third place awarded in each class. The winners will each receive a cash prize:

£40 for first place

£20 for second place

£10 for third place

The overall competition winner will receive a £40 bonus so it’s definitely worth entering! 


Seek inspiration from last year’s winners here.

You can find full details on each class, information on how to enter and the competition rules here.

The deadline for submissions is 8 December 2017. We look forward to seeing your photographs! 


Laura Armstrong
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