BSBI Photographic Competition

BSBI Photographic Competition 2019

With Atlas 2020 field work in its final year, now would be a good time to capture photographs that will help illustrate the various Atlas 2020 outputs. These could be great photographs that could be used, for example, on the species pages of the new Atlas 2020 website that capture the key features, or essence, of any plant species found in the wild. We are also looking for images of species where there is an interesting story to tell, like a rapid spread of an alien species like Cortaderia richardii, for example, to illustrate those points. This year the BSBI Photography Competition’s two categories will simply be:

1) Native plants

2) Alien plants

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 Botanists' Conference.

2019 BSBI Photographic Competition rules

BSBI Photographic Competition 2018

Thank you to all those who entered the 2018 BSBI Photographic Competition. The winner in the Plants & People 2018 category was entitled “Learning from Mum - Hannah's meadow, Teesdale” by Heather Kelly. And the winner in the Plants & Pollinator category was entitled “Argogorytes wasp on Fly Orchid (Ophyrs insectifera), Wakerley Wood, Northamptonshire” by Pete Stroh. Congratulations to Pete but especially to Heather for winning a prize in the competition - for the second year in a row.

Thirty-two members contributed a total of 74 entries 27 in the first category and 47 in the second. Natalie Harmsworth, the competition organiser, did a great job in printing and mounting the photographs on six A1 sheets. They formed a dazzling display at the Scottish Botanists Conference in Edinburgh in November 2018, where the two winning images were chosen by popular vote.

Unfortunately, we were unable to mount the Photographic Competition display at the Annual Exhibition Meeting at Ormskirk this year. However, you can see all the entrants in a brilliant display on the BSBI's flickr account.

We are very grateful to all those who entered or voted in the competition, Summerfield Books who provided the prizes, and to Natalie Harmsworth for organising the competition and preparing the fantastic display of photographs.

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 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 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.