Amateur and professional photographers have been invited to enter the RHS Photographic Competition 2017, which offers a top prize of £5,000.

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The RHS urges photographers to share their ‘happiest outdoor moments’ before the closing date of 28 February 2017.

The contest is free to enter and features the following categories: Celebrating RHS Gardens; Welcoming Garden Wildlife; Pure Plants; Abstract and Details; Greening Grey Britain; Social Media; Young Photographer (age 11-17); Children’s Photographer (under 11); and Portfolio.

Photographers of all ages can enter the social media category on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #RHSPhotoComp.

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Chris Young, chair of the judging panel, said: ‘The sheer variety of photographs that people capture visually demonstrates the different areas of passion and diversity that gardens and plants hold for us all.’

Judges also include garden photographers Clive Nichols and Marianne Majerus.

Nichols said: ‘I am looking forward to judging at this year’s RHS Photographic Competition as it has a greater variety of categories than ever before. ‘Making the competition free to enter is a fantastic move by the RHS as I am sure it will inspire even more people to venture outdoors and photograph the beauty of their gardens.’

Majerus added: ‘It is fantastic that everyone from children to adults and from amateur to professional photographers will be able to enter, as I think this will lead to a great diversity of interesting entries.

‘I hope that this competition will provide a great incentive for children and parents to look at nature together and explore the exciting world of garden photography.’

For details visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/Promotions/rhs-photo-competition

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