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Contributor: NikitaMorris
Dates: 20/02/2017 - 31/10/2017

IGPOTY have launched a brand new responsive competition website with all new categories, plus new user areas for photographers to track their accomplishments.

The new categories include 3 new main competition categories, a new photo project and a new special award - Gardens on the Go - specifically for shots taken on mobile phones.

An emphasis has been placed on making the competition experience as accessible as possible.

Gardens on the Go will have a reduced price to enter of just £5 for 4 entries, to encourage anyone, no matter budget or skill level to take part.

Photographers can enter directly from their mobile devices.

Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of IGPOTY said: ďThe new website is a real step forward for the competition. Our main objectives have been to improve upon accessibility and to ensure continued inspiration.

Itís so important we keep encouraging people to connect with plants, gardens and green spaces wherever they are, through whatever camera they use. The ease of use, new categories and a more personalised experience will help the project with its mission in joining together people and gardens through photography.Ē

Whatís new?

Outdoor Living (Main category):

This category celebrates the way in which we have made green spaces extensions of our own homes. From natural swimming pools and decking, to landscaping and gazebos, judges will be paying close attention to how the photographer has presented the relationship between the organic and the manmade. Importantly, Outdoor Living is about sustainable use of land so special emphasis and attention will be placed on this.

Abstract Views (Main category):

Abstract Views is about tapping into a different side of plants and gardens. It's time to enter a parallel world of artistic expression with limitless possibilities. Judges will be looking for the way in which a special technique elevates the message of that particular green subject.

My Garden Stories (Portfolio only main category):

Big or small, public or private, every garden has a story to tell: it could be a friend's new rockery, a summer pond project or a prestigious show garden. Take the judges on a journey and inspire others with a thought-provoking portfolio of work. This is an opportunity to discover and share the true meaning behind any garden or green project.

Gardens on the Go (Special Award):

Everyone is welcome to join the IGPOTY community, be inspired and take pictures using whatever camera they have. Thatís why Gardens on the Go is dedicated to mobile photography only. Whether youíre just starting off and havenít got a DSLR or a seasoned professional who stepped out without the usual kit, this category celebrates the prevalence of mobile cameras, encourages increased participation and ensures you never again miss out on that perfect shot. So whoever you are, wherever you are and whoever you are with, share those green mobile moments with us.

Still Life (Photo Project)

In the last photo project of the year, you are invited to celebrate plants through the beautiful aesthetic of still life. Elevate the humble winter vegetable or produce a cornucopia of harvest delights. Use the old Dutch masters as your inspiration and create works of art through the lens.

IGPOTY, now in its eleventh year, continues to be the most prestigious competition for garden and plant photography with entries from around the world Ė open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 17s. The IGPOTY exhibition, tours the UK and worldwide - including Gibraltar, South Tyrol, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.

For full details about International Garden Photographer of the Year visit www.igpoty.com