Gardens

International Garden Photographer of the Year

IGPOTY sounds like it should be the name of the clumsy robot dog in a cheap kids’ animation, rather than the seriously inspiring International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Australian photographer Mark Gray won the Trees, Woods & Forests category for Mystic Forest (Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria, Australia).

Australian photographer Mark Gray won the Trees, Woods & Forests category in IGOPTY 8 for Mystic Forest (Mount Buffalo National Park, Victoria, Australia).

This is the 10th year  IGPOTY has been running. It’s open to professional and amateur photographers, and images can be taken any year, as long as they are entered by October 31. Exhibitions of finalists tour the world after prizes are announced at Kew in March, landing in horticultural hot spots in England, Scotland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland and Australia.

I was in Sintra in Portugal last November and as closing time at Monserrate approached I stumbled across an outdoor display of IGPOTY competition 7. Nearly missed my bus they were so intriguing. As well as admiring the images themselves, I found it fascinating to read the photographer’s description of what was done to the image, post-capture.

Woolbeding Gardens (West Sussex, UK) by Australian photographer Claire Takacs won Highly Commended in the category Beautiful Gardens.

Woolbeding Gardens (West Sussex, UK) by Australian photographer Claire Takacs won Highly Commended in the category Beautiful Gardens, IGPOTY 8.

Don’t miss IGPOTY at the Palm House Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney from February 19  until Sunday March 6, showing images from Competition 8.

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