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Photographic Competition Rules

Below are the rules and details of entry for the 2019 Photographic Competition.


Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place in each class:

First: £40

Second: £20

Third: £10

The overall winner receives an additional £40.


The winner in each class is awarded five points towards AGS medals:

  • Two first places (10 points) will qualify for a Bronze Medal
  • Five first places (25 points) for a Silver Medal
  • Ten first places (50 points) for a Gold Medal.

Members who exhibited in the photographic Artistic Section at AGS shows can add these points to their existing Open Section totals.

Note: Medal points can’t be claimed retrospectively by previous winners of the Photographic Competition.


The judges (organised by the Competition Secretary) is made up of a panel of both current and non-AGS members with appropriate artistic and/or photographic expertise.

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.

Classes of entry

The eight classes are as follows:

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!

Note: As a photographic competition, entries will be judged purely on photographic merit. For example, an excellent image of a common plant will be held in higher regard than a flawed image of a rare plant (even if the rare plant is a superb specimen).

Photography rules

  • Only digital images will be accepted.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished photographs and not previously entered in this competition or any Artistic Section at an AGS show.
  • Entries are restricted to max. three photographs per class, whatever the medium employed (digital, scanned film or a combination).
  • Photographs should be clearly identified with the photographer’s name, entry class, plant/animal name if applicable and, where possible, when and where the photograph was taken.
  • Digital images should be accompanied by the camera ‘properties’ file (as normally associated with the taking of a photograph) where possible.
  • Photograph resolution should be set to a min. 1200 x 800 pixels (preferably closer to 2400 x 1600 pixels) for judging, display and printing purposes.
  • In Classes 1-7, the judges will be seeking ‘natural pictures’ free from digital manipulation. Subtle changes in sharpening and colour balance will be regarded as normal digital process.
  • In Class 8, 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).

Entry format

Only digital images can be accepted. Please follow the preferred file format as outlined below.

  • Each entry should be assigned to one of eight separate folders corresponding to the eight classes.
  • Within each folder, the name of individual photographs should contain (in the following order): the name of the plant, the entry class and image number, the name of the photographer.

Note: The example below is a guide for entrants to follow and may be subject to restrictions regarding the software used to enter. If you are not familiar with computers and how to rename files, please send your photographs anyway, with some written details that can be assigned later by the Competition Secretary. 


Folder name: Class One

File name: Pulsatilla vulgaris_Class 1-1_John Smith.(jpg/tif/whatever)

If appropriate, a word document file giving full details of each photograph submitted should accompany the global entry. This document file should present sufficient information as might be required to accompany the publication of a prize-winning photograph in the journal, and include full photographic details of the plant or animal name/location/date and camera information if this cannot be accessed through the camera “Properties” file; as well as any creative digital manipulation. Details of scanned images should also be included here.

How to enter

The deadline for submission is 1 December 2019.

You can enter by post or email.

Post: Alpine Garden Society, AGS Centre, Avon Bank, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3JP, United Kingdom, and clearly marked ‘Photographic Competition 2018’.

(A suitable stamped addressed envelope for the return of CDs, DVDs or Memory Sticks should accompany all entries, unless otherwise instructed by the entrant).


Winning entrants will be notified by email or post as soon as possible following judging.

Note: Whilst all possible care will be taken of the photographs received, The Society cannot accept responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, entries sent through the post or subsequently handled by its agents.


If you have any questions regarding the competition or rules, please email