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Photographic Competition 2018 - entries open


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 competition - you have until 1 December 2018.

Photographic competition 2017 herb garden

Winner Class 5, 2017: Tall herb bed, own garden, Norway (Hilary Birks)

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!


Photographic competition 2017 martin sheader

Winner Class 4, 2017: Gentiana sp., Jiri Papousek's Garden, Czech Republic (Martin & Anna Sheader)



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! 



The winner of each class will also receive five points towards AGS Medals: 

Two first places (10 points) will qualify for a Bronze Medal, five first places (25 points) for Silver and 10 first places (50 points) for Gold.


How to enter

Email entries to or post your photos to Alpine Garden Society, AGS Centre, Avon Bank, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3JP.

You can find full details on each class and the competition rules here.


Seek inspiration from last year’s winners here.

The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2018. We look forward to seeing your photographs! 


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