The BIGGA Photo Competition 2019
Bill Whybrow's image of Royal Bled won the photographic competition in 2018
BIGGA’s annual photographic competition is back, with a brand new Apple iPad up for grabs for the winner.
BIGGA members work in some of the most spectacular scenery and landscapes anywhere in the world and, with most carrying smartphones in their pocket, it’s never been easier to snap an incredible picture and get involved with the photographic competition.
This year we’re looking for images that showcase excellence in greenkeeping, highlighting how a well‑presented course can enhance the surrounding environment. Images of greenkeepers at work within the context of the wider landscape are especially encouraged.
The winner of this year’s competition will receive a brand new Apple iPad 32GB and a framed print of their winning photograph, to be presented at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration at BTME 2020.
Bill Whybrow’s spectacular image of a resplendent Royal Bled Golf Club in Slovenia was selected as the winner of the BIGGA Photographic Competition 2018.
Bill had never entered a photo competition before and took the image with his smartphone, so anyone has a chance of winning, no matter their experience or equipment!
Twenty entries will be chosen as finalists and put to a member vote, with the top 12 being selected for BIGGA’s annual desk calendar. From those 12, an overall winner will be chosen.
• Only BIGGA members may enter.
• Maximum of five entries per member, although only one image from each entrant may be chosen as a finalist.
• Images must have been taken in the calendar year from Saturday 25 August 2018 to Friday 30 August 2019.
• Twenty‑four finalists will be selected and revealed in the October edition of Greenkeeper International.
• Finalists will be put to a public vote, taking place on the BIGGA website, with votes helping to select the top 12 images. These images will comprise the BIGGA Photographic Calendar 2020, which will be distributed alongside the December 2019 edition of Greenkeeper International.
To enter the competition, email high quality versions of your photographs along with your name, membership number and club name to email@example.com before the deadline on Friday 30 August 2019.
Tips for taking a great golf course picture!
1. Be different
Can you make your image stand out by capturing a unique feature of your course?
2. Keep your phone handy
You never know when the light may be just right for the perfect image and you won’t want to miss the opportunity.
3. Submit images in the highest quality possible
Lower resolution images are pixelated and lose much of the detail. Send your image through as high quality as possible and it will help it stand up to closer scrutiny from the judges.
4. Don’t mess with your photo too much
The judges are looking for the best natural images of golf courses. By altering the photo too much you will lose that natural beauty. If you put your image through an Instagram filter you will also lose a lot of the original quality.
5. Plan ahead
Planning is good and there’s nothing wrong with setting up a shot if you have a good idea. If you can tie a number of elements together into one image through careful planning, you have a good chance of doing well.
6. Depth is good
The best images are ones that take you on a journey and ones that keep you interested from the foreground right into the background.
7. Choose images from throughout the year
The top 12 images will be selected for the BIGGA Photographic Calendar, so the judges are always on the look‑out for examples that represent life on the golf course at various times of the year.
8. Tell us what’s happening in the picture
A caption that only says IMG232.jpg tells the judges nothing about what they’re seeing. Help them out by telling them the story behind the picture.