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International garden photographer of the year – in pictures

From the Guardian

The international garden photographer of the year in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have announced the winners of their annual photography competition

The overall winning entry was of Tekapo lupins taken by Richard Bloom Photograph: Richard Bloom/IGPOTY

The overall winning entry was of Tekapo lupins taken by Richard Bloom
Photograph: Richard Bloom/IGPOTY

Patrizia Piga’s masterly still life of harvested plants and vegetables Photograph: Patrizia Piga/IGPOTY

Patrizia Piga’s masterly still life of harvested plants and vegetables
Photograph: Patrizia Piga/IGPOTY

Christine Blanchin dos Santos snapped this collection of seed pods Photograph: Christine Blanchin dos Santos/IGPOTY

Christine Blanchin dos Santos snapped this collection of seed pods
Photograph: Christine Blanchin dos Santos/IGPOTY

A close-up of a giant poppy by Stuart Hall Photograph: Stuart Hall/IGPOTY

A close-up of a giant poppy by Stuart Hall
Photograph: Stuart Hall/IGPOTY

See more from the Guardian Gallery here

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International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is wholly owned and organised by Garden World Images Ltd.

It is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. The main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions in the UK and all over the world. Exhibitions are linked to events such as workshops and lectures on garden photography.

Exhibition dates

February 13th – April 29th 2016 NT Hanbury Hall, Droitwich, Worcestershire, ENGLAND 8 Indoor Competition 8
February 6th – 13th March 2016 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, ENGLAND 9 Competition 9 Winners Revealed To Public ~ Winners and finalists from Competition 9
March 4th – 28th 2016 RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford, ENGLAND. 8 Indoor selection from Competition 8
April 12th – September 19th 2016 de Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS 9 Outdoor selection from Competition 9
April 23rd – June 26th 2016 Sunderland Museum, ENGLAND. 9 Indoor selection from Exhibition 9
April 23rd – 28th August 2016 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, ENGLAND 9 Winners from Competition 9
May 29th – September 3rd 2016 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, ENGLAND 9 Outdoor exhibition, winners from ‘Captured at Kew’ category
May 28th – 7th August 2016 Garden Society of Gothenburg, SWEDEN 9 Competition 9
28th June – 6th September 2016 NT Sheringham Park, Norfolk, ENGLAND 9 Outdoor exhibition, competition 9
October (tbc)- December (tbc) 2016
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, ENGLAND
9 Indoor exhibition, competition 9
September TBC 2016 – January TBC 2017 Falkirk Community Trust, SCOTLAND 2,3,4,5,7,8 Mixed indoor selection from comps; 2,3,4,5,7,8

 

 

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015

Back in the winter the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 award announced it’s winners. The Guardian had an article and gallery of the images

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The Ballerinas by Magdalena Wasiczek. Overall Winner
‘This stunning image of Hydrangea petiolaris is a worthy winner of IGPOTY. What I particularly like about the shot is the way the photographer has melted the rich purples and oranges of the hydrangea into the out of focus background, creating a delicious melange of colours. The focus on the single delicate hydrangea flower is spot on, creating a striking and unusual winter portrait,’ said Clive Nichols, IGPOTY judge

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Parallelism by Jefflin Ling, first place in the Monochrome Photo Projects category

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Vineyards, by Albert Ceolan. Winner of the Bountiful Earth category

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You can see more of the gallery here

Here is a link to the IGPOTY site

International Garden Photographer of the Year 2013

This rather wonderful competition shows some of the very best garden photography anywhere in the world, the results are often breath taking. Each year there are numerous categories and each have spectacular images.

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Dennis Frates

Penstemon sunrise

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Penstemon only grows in a very few isolated spots around Crater Lake. Of course every year is different, but with some scouting you can find small patches like this one. Often they don’t always fit into a good composition, but this location had the flowers, lake and sunrise visible together. Wind was a problem, and I had to wait a good deal of time for it to stop moving the flowers, which made me nervous, thinking I would miss the sunrise. I was excited to find an image that showed three aspects all together – the flowers, lake and sunrise. I spent several days in this area and scouted locations each day, so finding this particular spot in the early morning darkness was much easier.

In Tresco Abbey Gardens

 

Jonathan Berman

Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England

View of Abbey Gardens, Tresco

This is an early-afternoon infrared view over Tresco Abbey Garden, looking south, with my daughter viewing the scene. A tiny, four-day-old crescent moon is just visible. I first visited Tresco and its gardens as a child, and I remembered it as a magical place. I did not return for many years until I came for holidays with my own children. I wanted to capture in this photograph my undiminished wonder at this special place. I used infrared – with its ability to darken skies and lighten foliage – to create the fairytale atmosphere. The inclusion of my daughter added depth. I had photographed this scene on several occasions but on this occasion the cloud patterns and presence of the moon lifted it out of the ordinary.

Here are the closing dates for this year’s competition

Monochrome: 1 March – 30 April 2013
Macro Art: 1 May – 30 June 2013
Plants and Water: 1 July – 31 August 2013

The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. There are no restrictions on the type of camera you use, or the techniques you use to produce your final image.

Full details here