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The Garden Photographer of the Year Awards at Kew

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Images courtesy of Kew’s Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Go here for more information.

I saw the results of Kew’s Garden Photographer of the Year competition (hereafter referred to as GPOTY) when I was in England last year.  The images were stunning–moody, thoughtful, intimate, surprising–hardly your run-of-the-mill snapshots of the perennial border in bloom. 

The images I liked most from last year’s competition were the ones that looked at plants and bugs and gardens in a new way.  They weren’t about conveying information the way photographs in, say, a gardening magazine or a plant catalog would be. They were just about the art.

And where else, really, do we see these kinds of images of plants?

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Anyone can enter the competition.  The rules are here and the grand prize is £5,000 (that’s almost ten grand to you Americans), with a wide assortment of other, smaller prizes available in various categories. To check out some of the previous winners, go to their gallery, and if you’ve still got some shopping to do this year, they’ve got an online store, too.

Entries due January 31.  Check it out.

Posted by on December 17, 2007 at 5:00 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.
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4 responses to “The Garden Photographer of the Year Awards at Kew”

  1. Victoria E says:

    Next to photographing food, nature photography is my all-time favorite!

  2. We are just getting our 2nd Annual Washington Gardener Photo Contest underway – reading the Kew’s rules and such gave me a kick in the pants to get our promo engine rolling. I like how they make “trees” a separate category – interesting. And 100 winners is very generous!

  3. We are just getting our 2nd Annual Washington Gardener Photo Contest underway – reading the Kew’s rules and such gave me a kick in the pants to get our promo engine rolling. I like how they make “trees” a separate category – interesting. And 100 winners is very generous!

  4. One of my photos was invited to the Flickr group [http://www.flickr.com/groups/gpoty/] for this.

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