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Photographic Competition Rules

Wanting to enter our competition? Delightful! Here are the Photographic Competition rules for 2020.

Photographic Competition Rules

  1. All images must be digital. If entering by post, your images should be on a memory stick, CD or DVD. To send images digitally, please use the WeTransfer service (for more details scroll down).
  2. All entries must be previously unpublished photographs.
  3. Images must not have previously been entered into any AGS photo competition, including Artistic Sections at AGS shows.
  4. Photos need not have been taken in the year 2020, but please ensure they meet rules 2 & 3 above.
  5. Any current AGS member can enter the Photographic Competition.
  6. If you and your partner have a family membership, you can each enter the competition separately under your own name.
  7. You can only enter a maximum of three photographs per class. This applies regardless of whether the medium employed is different (e.g. digital original or scanned film). In other words, you can’t enter three scanned film entries and three separate digital entries into the same class for a total of six entries. Your total must be less than or equal to three entries in each class.
  8. Photograph filenames should include the plant, animal or place name (whichever is applicable), the entry class and the photographer’s name. A separate email or written document should be sent which tells us which filenames we should have received, when and where each photograph was taken and, for class 8 only, the type of digital manipulation used (if any). If you don’t know how to rename files, please send these details in writing along with your photos, so that the Competition Secretary can assign the correct filenames for you. Please be clear about which file needs to have which name.
  9. The dimensions of your photograph should be a minimum of 1200 x 800 pixels (preferably closer to 2400 x 1600 pixels) for judging, displaying and printing purposes. To see the dimensions of your photo on a PC, hover over the file on your computer and a dialogue box with dimensions should pop up. If it doesn’t, right click your photo and select ‘properties’, then click the ‘details’ tab. This will tell you the size of your photo in pixels. If working on a mac instead, hold control & click the photo in question, then select ‘Get info’. Expand the ‘More info’ section to see your image dimensions. For more help, see these articles: how to determine image dimensions on a PC or mac computer, how to view photo details on an ipad or iphone. The easiest way to determine the size of smartphone photos on an Android device is to email yourself the photos, open them on your computer and then use one of the above methods to find the dimensions.
  10. Should your photograph be selected by our judges, they may approach you to ask for details of the camera ‘properties.’ These are things like focal length, aperture and so on. Competition entrants agree to give the judges extra information about their photographs as requested.
  11. Entries in Classes 1-7 must be ‘natural pictures’ free from digital manipulation. Subtle changes in sharpening and colour balance will be regarded as normal digital process.
  12. For Class 8 only, digital creativity is allowed. Any software manipulations should be clearly stated on entry. Only material that is the intellectual property of the entrant may be used. Class 8 will be judged for uniqueness and artistic quality only, but the chosen subject(s) should portray some alpine element(s).
  13. Medal points can’t be claimed retrospectively by previous winners of the Photographic Competition.
  14. Competitors acknowledge that the Alpine Garden Society cannot accept responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, entries sent through the post or subsequently handled by its agents.
  15. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (GMT) on the 1st Dec 2020 to be considered by the judges.

Use of Images

By submitting your photographs to the Photographic Competition, you agree for them to be utilised across official AGS channels (print, digital and social media) to promote the Society. We will not share your images with third parties without your consent.

The winning entries and some runners-up will be collated in a presentation given at AGS shows and other events.

All entries will be posted on the AGS website in a low-res format to discourage unauthorised copying.

Using WeTransfer

In previous years, when people have tried to submit their entries via email, they’ve had problems due to the size of the files they’re sending.

This year, to combat this problem, we’re recommending that you use WeTransfer to enter the competition instead. It’s very simple – here are the basic steps:

Step 1: Go to

Visit the WeTransfer website. Here’s what you will see (note: the background advert changes – we are only worried about the box on the left of the page):

Image a bit small? Click on it to see a larger version!

Step 2: Click ‘+’ to add your (correctly named!) photos

Step 3: Enter our competition email in the ‘Email to’ field

Step 4: Enter your email address in the ‘Your email’ field

Step 5: Enter anything else you’d like to say in the ‘Message’ field

Step 6: Hit ‘Transfer’

Problems or Questions?

We’re friendly! Please don’t hesitate to email us if you need any help – whether that’s choosing the right class for your photo or overcoming technical glitches with WeTransfer.

Just drop us a line at!