Are you the Garden Photographer of the Year?

After the wettest June since records began, and with the forecast notoriously patchy, freelancers may not want to venture into their gardens to take pictures.

But Garden and Landscape Photographic Arts Ltd has put up £10,000-worth of prizes and photography equipment to inspire them to do just that.

Open to any photographer, amateur or professional, a competition has been launched by the group to find the Garden Photographer of the Year.

Organisers say there are no restrictions on the type of camera used, or the techniques used to produce a final image, which can be entered into five separate categories.

They said: “We are not just looking for photos of flowers - we want to see all the ways you enjoy gardens.

“This could be growing or looking after plants - but it could also be your pet playing in the garden, or your family having a picnic.”

Last year, Nicola Browne’s snap of a sunlit forest, simply entitled ‘Trees,’ featured in an exhibition in London before it was voted winner of the competition.

Similarly, judges will this year select around 100 finalists whose photographs will be printed to exhibition standard and showcased in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the summer of 2008.

In addition to press coverage for all finalists, one photographer will win the title ‘Garden Photographer of the Year’ and an under-16 finalist will win ‘Young Garden Photographer of the Year.’

Each category will have a winner and two runner-up prizes, while an additional prize will be awarded for the best portfolio and there will be two portfolio runners-up prizes.

Another 50 highly commended photographers will receive a prize. All finalists and commended photographers will have their images shown on the Garden Photographer of the Year website from 2008.

Previous competition judge Chris Beardshaw - a TV presenter and garden designer, said: “Our plants and gardens are delightfully dynamic and effervescent - subtly and constantly morphing. So much can be missed at the blink of an eye but, thankfully, it is precisely that precious moment that the camera captures for eternity.”

For further details, including entry fees and to see who will be judging the photos, please see the competition's dedicated web pages.



 

19th July 2007

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