The winner of the RHS Photographic Competition 2020 has been announced, following submissions from all over the world.

Forecourt Border and Chastleton
© Richard Watson

The competition celebrates the power of gardens and the beauty of wildlife and winners are selected from thousands of entries. The overall winner is Helen McLain for her image 'Chicaco prairie', which was entered into the Urban Gardening category.

The overall young winner is Elliot Connor in the under 18s category, whose picture of a tiny bush cricket impressed the judges.

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Entries were judges by social media influencer Emma Mitchell and garden photographer Richard Bloom alongside Chris Young, editor of RHS magazine The Garden.

Young said: "At a time when so many of us are staying at home due to Covid-19, these photographs give a much-needed connection to the outside world. For me they are a real visual tonic, a boost to help with our personal health and wellbeing, and a positive reminder of the wonderful world that lies outside our doors."

RHS Photographic Competition 2020, Under 11s, Highly Commended, Beauty in the detail
Under 11s, Highly Commended, Beauty in the detail © Sacha Crivellari

The 2021 RHS Photographic Competition is now open for entries, with a new categories called 'Macro' and 'Indoor Gardening' introduced. Entry is free and open to everyone and images can be taken on any photographic device. Photographs should be submitted at by 1 February 2020.

RHS Photographic Competition 2020, Under 11s, Commended, Cumbrian green
Cumbrian green © Anand Doshi

For the full list of winners head to the RHS website.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London