BSBI Photographic Competition

BSBI Photographic Competition 2018

Over the past four years of the BSBI Photographic Competition, we have received an astonishing variety of images of flowers, leaves, fruits, seeds, whole plants and whole populations in all sorts of habitats and landscapes - scroll down this page to see winners from previous years.

In 2018, we're calling on you once again to take your cameras and seek out the most striking images you can find to capture the beauty and interest of our flora. This time, the BSBI Photographic Competition’s categories will simply be:

  • Plants and People
  • Plants and Pollinators

The competition is free to enter and open to all BSBI members who are amateur photographers. The winners will be selected by a popular vote of those attending the Scottish Annual Meeting.

Full Competition Rules are available to download here.

BSBI Scottish Officer Jim McIntosh says: Remember, you have to be in it to win it! 

BSBI Photographic Competition on flickr

The photographs look great on screen!

You can scroll through all the photographs for this year and previous years on the BSBI flickr account.

BSBI Photographic Competition 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 BSBI Photographic Competition. The winners were Chris Jeffree whose photograph of Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) at Lindisfarne was the most popular in the ‘Archaeophyte’ category and Heather Kelly whose photograph of Greater Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) on the Fife coast won the ‘Plants in the Landscape’ category. 

Forty-two members contributed a total of 117 entries – 40 in the ‘Archaeophyte’ category and 77 in the ‘Plants in the Landscape’ category. Natalie Harmsworth, the competition organiser, did a great job in printing and mounting the photographs on eight A1 sheets. They formed a dazzling display that was first mounted at the Scottish Annual Meeting in Edinburgh in November 2017, where the winning images were chosen by a popular vote. The display was also mounted at the BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting at the Natural History Museum in London at the end of November where it was also much admired.  For a bit of fun, we invited folk at the AEM to vote for their favourites, and by a remarkable co-incidence they chose exactly the same two photographs that were the most popular in Scotland. (Unlike last year when the AEM voted for two completely different images.)

The winners each received a book token kindly donated by Summerfield Books.  Congratulations to Chris and Heather for their splendid photographs!

BSBI Photographic Competition 2016

In total, 112 entries were submitted to the BSBI Photographic Competition 2016 in two categories: 1) Rare species and 2) Common species. 

The winner of the ‘Rare Species’ category was Norwegian Mugwort (Artemisia norvegica) on Cul Mor by Simon Harrap.

The winner of the ‘Common Species’ category was Tall Bog Sedge (Carex magellanica) in Mid-Perthshire by Bill Boyd.

BSBI Photographic Competition 2015

In 2015, the four categories were Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. 

The winners were:

Spring: Great Horsetail Equisetum telmateia at Pease Dean Woods by Sarah Eno.

Summer: "Hanging around" by Cathy McKirdy.

Autumn: Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare seedhead by Ian Strachan. 

Winter: Teasel Dipsacus fullonum, Dinnet, by Ian Francis.