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Winners of the third International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are announced

Winners of the third International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are announced
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Winners of the third International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are announced

The winners of the third International Garden Photographer of the Year competition have been announced.
"This year the judges had an even more difficult job than usual," says organiser Philip Smith, "the judging process took over two months and
reviewed many thousands of inspiring and impressive entries received from around the world. We are tremendously excited by the winning images."
The winners are:

International Garden Photographer of the Year, 2010
The title winner of the £5,000 prize for the best single image is UK-based photographer, Marianne Majerus for Layered Landscape: a moment captured. A captivating shot of a private garden in Luxembourg as the dawn sunlight streams through the trees, illuminating the plants below, was chosen from the Garden Views category. 

Best Portfolio
The Best Portfolio Prize is awarded to Rachel Warne, from the UK, for The Present Past: a forgotten place. A collection of six mysterious images illustrating glasshouses of the deserted kitchen garden at Pentille Castle. Rachel is awarded a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal and £2,000.

Young Garden Photographer of the Year
The Young Garden Photographer of the Year title goes to 15-year-old Matthew Tauzer for the best single image from an under 16 year old. Snowfall in Eden is an enchanting photograph of one of Matthew’s favourite trees in the Portland, Oregon Japanese Gardens coated in a blanket of beautiful snow.

Category Winners

The winners of each category are:

Plant Portraits – Mandy Disher for The Beacon.

People in the Garden – Victor Korchenko for Tai Chi.

Garden Views – Marianne Majerus for Layered Landscape: a moment captured.

Wildlife in the Garden – Gillian Hunt for Camouflage.

Trees – Colin Roberts for Tree-lined landscape.

The Edible Garden – Mark Bolton for Autumn down on the Allotments.

Special Awards

Spirit of the American Garden – John Roger Palmour for Harvesting the Vegetable Garden.

The third annual International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition opens on 1st May 2010 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG, Kew). This year the exhibition is in a brand new location, located opposite to Kew’s two art galleries - the Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.
 
The International Garden Photographer of the Year Collection 3 book will also be published on May 1st by David & Charles, and will be available to buy in Kew’s Victoria Plaza shop as well as online. This stunning volume celebrates the winners and best entries from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2009-2010 competition.

The prestigious fourth International Garden Photographer of the Year competition is now open! Please visit www.igpoty.com for more details.


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International Garden Photographer of the Year opens with brand new format

The fourth International Garden Photographer of the Year competition opened for entries on 6th February 2010.

This year the competition has a brand new format – ‘4 Seasons’ – four seasonal competitions, based on specific themes, which allows photographers to win cash prizes throughout the year.

“We want people to rush out with their cameras when the weather is right and have fun working with our seasonal themes.” Says organizer Philip Smith


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The first ‘4 Seasons’ competition is on the theme of ‘Winter Beauty’ with a closing date of February 28th. For more details on the other seasonal themes and deadlines visit the website – www.igpoty.com

Everyone who enters goes automatically through to the main International Garden Photographer of the Year competition with a closing date of
30th November 2010.

“The 4 Seasons competitions will widen the pool of people who can win prizes and recognition for their photography” says organizer Philip Smith, “and the International Garden Photographer of the Year award will be decided by judging points built up over the year – plus the awards they win during the final judging.

We are also pleased to be introducing ‘Wildflowers’ as a separate category this year. We will use this category in our exhibitions to highlight issues around the alarming disappearance of wild places – this affects everyone.”

The competition provides a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration for both aspiring and expert photographers who are encouraged, no matter what their level of experience, to enter this year's competition. Exciting prizes include a top cash award of £5,000. Every entrant will benefit just from taking part as they will have access to a series of workshops and talks, online critiques of their photographs on request, plus ‘top tips’ available as downloads from the website - www.igpoty.com. The competition culminates in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - www.kew.org

An entrant from the second competition stated:
"International Garden Photographer of the Year has been a great experience; the entry process was so well supported and the feedback was brilliant – I hadn’t anticipated how productive the whole competition experience would be. Thanks so much for the chance to be part of all that."

Photographers can enter any number of single photographs, or themed portfolios of six, into the competition's six categories.

They are: Wildlife in the Garden, Plant Portraits, Garden Views, People in the Garden, Wildflowers, and Trees.

Budding photographers less than 16 years old can compete for the Young Garden Photographer of the Year Award.

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