Garden Photographer of the Year 2015

Bryan's Ground in Herefordshire photograph by Claire Takacs

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 competition can be seen at a wonderful new photography exhibition being held right now at Kew Gardens in Richmond, Surrey. This is the world’s premier competition for garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.

Run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition is open to everyone anywhere in the world. No distinction is made between amateur and professional photographers. It’s all about the shot itself – nothing more, nothing less.

The collection of photos in this year’s exhibition cover everything from sweeping coastal landscapes to the minute detail of a spider’s web on a frosty autumn morning. But no matter the size of the original subject, the stunning images captured by these supremely gifted photographers are equally breathtaking in their own right.

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition is open daily at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens from now until 6th April 2015. The price is included with entry to the gardens. Just visit the official website of Kew Gardens for info on how to plan your trip there.

If you have taken a great photo of your garden or any outdoor living space, why not enter 2016’s photography competition? Hit the ‘IGPOTY’ link below for more details. Don’t forget to share your photographic masterpiece with us too though!

Our Pick Of The Winners

The Ballerinas by Magdalena Wasiczek
Overall Winner – International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015

The Ballerinas by Magdalena Wasiczek

“This stunning image of Hydrangea petiolaris is a worthy winner. 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.”
Clive Nichols, International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 judge

“I like photographing the dry hydrangea flowers on a background of colourful autumn leaves in the beautiful sunset. This photograph is in the winter, but winter this year was very warm and snowless – a prolonged autumn. The sun shone through the few remaining leaves on trees forming a nice bokeh (blurred image) in the background.”
Magdalena Wasiczek, photographer

Autumn Colour in the Peacock Garden by Carol Casselden (Great Dixter in Sussex)
First Place Winner – Beautiful Gardens

Autumn Colour in the Peacock Garden by Carol Casselden

“I was particularly attracted to the subtle shades and forms set against the formal structure of the peacock topiary. I had just to wait for the soft afternoon light to reveal the beauty of the teasels and grasses that overflowed the path and beyond. I felt the light had to fall at just the right angle for this image and for a fleeting moment it just touched the tops of the grasses and teasels.”
Carol Casselden, photographer

Natural Lighting by Rob Hunt (The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland)
Second Place Winner – Beautiful Gardens

Natural Lighting by Rob Hunt

“It was a beautiful early autumn day and the low sun created extensive shadows as we explored the garden. These three seats were in a garden room made of hornbeam pergolas and I spent some time trying to avoid having the sun in the shot. But then I realised that part of the magical light in this space was the way the sun broke through the ‘walls’ and so decided the sun needed to be included. The light was hypnotising, combined with the curves created artificially but fleshed out by nature. I made lengthy efforts to find the right angle and position for the sun, in or out of the frame, and then I had to be patient to wait for the scene to be tranquil. There were so many merry children enjoying the space!”
Rob Hunt, photographer

Prohibited by Patria Prasasya
Highly Commended – Young Garden Photographer of the Year

Prohibited by Patria Prasasya

“There are plenty of signs around the park. For example, signs prevent you from picking flowers. As usual every Sunday morning, I walk around the city park with a camera. I only carry a fixed lens, because the wide angle lens is being repaired.”
Patria Prasasya, photographer (aged 12)

Selfie for a City Girl by David Thurston (Shanghai, China)
Finalist – Greening The City

Selfie for a City Girl by David Thurston

“Along the waterfront of Shanghai, a wide promenade known as the Bund, the city authorities in China’s biggest city have planted a living wall of cascading colour. The flowers are real, regularly watered along the 750m length of vertical garden. I was struck by this young woman’s perfect juxtaposition of red pants against pink flowers and pink bag against red, and her choice of neutral black and white striped top. The scene was completely undirected by me, in fact she was unaware of my presence as she concentrated on getting her selfie just right.”
David Thurston, photographer

Spiral by Stefano Coltelli
Third Place Winner – Photo Projects: Macro Art

Spiral by Stefano Coltelli

“One very early morning while I was taking some shots of insects, I noticed this little snail crawling along this strange stick near me, trying to finding an alternative way to go down.”
Stefano Coltelli, photographer

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International Garden Photographer of the Year

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