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In eight parks, two public gardens and a picturesque cemetery, every day sees thousands of people experience special moments all across London. From enjoying nature, to learning about our past, to attending an exciting event - we're celebrating the best of the Royal Parks with a photo competition.

The competition is now closed for entries and the public vote will begin soon. Thank you to everyone who entered!

The rules are simple:

  • Enter via our Facebook page or the online form below.
  • One entry per category per person
  • You must have consent from everyone in your photograph
  • You can submit small files for judging but you must have a high resolution file over 4MB - this is so we can make large prints of the winners

We're accepting entries until midday on Monday 23 April. Please read the full terms and conditions before you enter.

Categories

People – exercising, playing or just watching the world go by

People in the park

Our parks play a big part in helping people lead healthy lives and get away from the rush of day to day. We want to see photos of people enjoying themselves using the parks as they are intended to be used, whether that’s taking in the sights, exercising, cycling, reading a book or enjoying a picnic with friends.

Please remember to get consent from anyone in the photograph, we will only accept photos with children in them with written consent from the adult responsible for them.

The winner will receive...

Two tickets to one of our family and wellbeing events of your choice, plus lunch for two at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park.

Nature – the living things in our parks, from plants and trees to animals and insects

Stag beetle

A huge part of what we do is providing the best possible environment for wildlife in our parks, so that visitors can interact with nature on their doorsteps. We want to see photos celebrating the wide variety of living things we share the parks with.

Please be especially considerate when taking photos of animals and put their wellbeing first. Although many conscientious photographers use a long lens we can’t accept close ups of deer or any of rutting deer. The lens used isn’t clear to the viewer and we don’t want to encourage people to get too close. No photos of feeding the birds either please!

The winner will receive...

A wonderful chance to learn more about the nature of Richmond Park by spending a morning with one of our Wildlife Officers, followed by lunch for two at the stunning Pembroke Lodge.

Events – from huge concerts to art fairs to guided walks

People in the park

We’re really proud of the events we host in the parks. Whether taken from in the crowd at one of our world renowned concerts or enjoying some family time at a community event in one of our education centres, we want to see photos that capture the moment.

Please remember to get consent from anyone in the photograph, we will only accept photos with children in them with written consent from an adult.

The winner will receive...

Two tickets to see Roger Waters at the fantastic BST Hyde Park, one of the hottest events of the summer.

History and heritage – your take on the parks’ history

Trooping the colour

The history of the Royal Parks goes back hundreds of years and there’s evidence of this everywhere you look. Monuments, unique architecture, vistas, memorials and carefully preserved original features both natural and man-made make each park truly unique. We want to see photos that celebrate our history and heritage and identify them as some of London’s greatest destinations.

Again, please remember to get consent from anyone in the photograph and we will only accept photos with children in them with written consent from an adult.

The winner will receive...

A VIP pass behind the scenes to Trooping the Colour, the world famous ceremony that dates back to the 17th Century.

Judging

Judging will take place in two stages. The first is a public vote via Facebook. This will determine a shortlist for each category and from these shortlists our judges will picks the four winners. There will also be an overall winner chosen by The Royal Parks. The judges are:

Sheena Harvey, Editor BBC Wildlife Magazine - Nature

Sheena has worked on and off for wildlife magazines since 2008 including as editor of Bird Watching, Wild Travel, and Landscape. She has been on the judging panel of several wildlife photographic competitions.

Wesley Kerr OBE, broadcaster, historian and The Royal Parks Trustee - History and heritage

Wesley has a lifelong interest in London's heritage, with an active interest in preserving London's world-class parks. He has been chairman of the Heritage Lottery Funds (HLF) Committee for London since 2007 and was also chair of its London Parks for People Committee from 2007 to 2009.

Joseph Constable, Assistant Curator at The Serpentine - Events

Joseph has worked on exhibitions of Alex Katz, Helen Marten, Lucy Raven, John Latham, Arthur Jafa, Torbjørn Rødland and Ian Cheng, as well as the 2016 and 2017 Serpentine Pavilion commissions at The Serpentine gallery in Hyde Park.

Mark Laing, professional photographer at Grey Wolf Photography - People

Mark has over 35 years of experience as a professional photographer, ranging from studio shoots, to film, to aerial photography. He is a skilled portrait photographer who most enjoys working with people.

The overall winner will receive...

A £500 voucher to spend at the camera retailer of your choice.

The competition is now closed for entries and the public vote will begin soon. Thank you to everyone who entered!

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