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Images of the Green Planet - International Garden Photographer of the Year

2019.07.14

The UK Garden and Pavilion will host a 30 image display of award-winning British and Chinese photographs of gardens, plants and the natural world – from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

The display is a selection from an annual exhibition held at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the United Kingdom and exhibited worldwide at iconic cultural and horticultural venues.

Find out how to get to Bejing Horticultural Expo and the UK Garden and Pavilion at horti-expo2019.org

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1st Place
Jill Welham (#224336)

Jill Welham, Fireworks,

North Yorkshire, England, UK

This image of three Allium heads was created using a technique known as wet cyanotype. Two chemicals, ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, are mixed together to create a photosensitive solution which is painted onto the surface of watercolour paper and left to dry. This process needs to be conducted away from UV light, and once dry the paper must be kept in a light-proof bag until it is used. 

Photograms are created by placing a flat object such as leaves or flowers onto the surface of the treated paper with a piece of glass over the top to keep it in position. The paper is then exposed to ultraviolet light – either the sun or a UV light. When using the sun, exposure times vary, depending on the strength of the sun, time of day, weather, time of year and the object being imaged. Wet cyanotype is a modified version of the 19th century photographic printing process, introducing moisture, in a variety of ways, onto the treated paper before exposure. The chemical reaction produces interesting fluid patterns and colours not normally present in a traditional cyanotype print. The resulting pieces are unique and present botanical prints in a different and painterly manner. Each piece is created with plants and flowers from my own garden and exposed using only the North Yorkshire sun.

Wet cyanotype process, UV exposure, digital scanner. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Jo Stephen (#214136)

Jo Stephen, Dandelion, Dorset, England, UK

This abstract composition was created from roadside wasteland subjects, including morning dew, grass and dandelion flowerheads.

Sony α58, Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/100sec at f/2.8, ISO 100. Post-capture: basic image management.

Highly Commended
Jo Stephen (#213552)

Jo Stephen, Cherry Blossom, Dorset, England, UK

This celebration of cherry blossoms was made using in-camera multiple exposures, utilising both the flowers and the surrounding landscape.

Sony α58, Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/200sec to 1/10sec at f/2.8, ISO 100. Post-capture: basic image management.

Commended
Jacky Parker (#228524)

Jacky Parker, Berkheya purpurea,

Berkshire, England, UK

Commonly known as the South African thistle, this purple flowering perennial is native to South Africa. I captured this example in The Savill Garden, Windsor.

Nikon D750, Nikon 105mm lens, 1/160sec at f/8, ISO 200. Post-capture: added petal effects, basic image management.

1st Place
Richard Bloom (#235767)

Richard Bloom, Bressingham Gardens in Autumn, Norfolk, England, UK

Glorious early morning sun bathed The Summer Garden at Bressingham in rich, warming light. Ornamental grasses are featured with swathes of Aster and Rudbeckia.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon 16-35mm lens, 1/4sec at f/16, ISO 100. Tripod, cable release, polarising filter, neutral density graduated filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

3rd Place
Clare Forbes (#231075)

Clare Forbes, Fire and Ice, Ellicar Gardens,

Doncaster, England, UK

The golden light of dawn bathed the frost-covered grasses and trees surrounding the gazebo at Ellicar Gardens on a cold November morning, making their warm and vivid colours glow. The foreground seedheads, not yet touched by the sun, remained cold and blue.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105mm lens, 1/13sec at f/16, ISO 100. Tripod, remote release. Post-capture: basic image management.

2nd Place
Carole Drake (#230495)

Carole Drake, Summer Morning at Holt Farm

Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Somerset, England, UK

It was a perfect early summer morning in June, at Yeo Valley Organic Garden near Blagdon Lake in north Somerset. Patchy cloud cover was tinted by the rising sun in shades of pink and violet, mirroring the colours of some of the herbaceous perennials flowering below in The Gravel Garden. Plants include the deep maroon of Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' and the violet spikes of Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination'. A naturalistic pond in the foreground was fringed with bulrushes, Hemerocallis and Verbena bonariensis, while bold spires of bright yellow Verbascum olympicum introduced strong vertical accents beyond.

Nikon D810, Nikon 24-85mm lens, 0.6sec at f/16, ISO 200. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Carole Drake (#230505)

Carole Drake, Summer Tapestry,

Cambo Walled Garden, Fife, Scotland, UK

Cambo's walled garden is a dream for photographers, largely thanks to the prairie-inspired plantings of former Head Gardener Elliott Forsyth. In this image pink Sanguisorba and Persicaria mix with the tawny remains of Monarda and Echinops, while the bold maroon leaves of Ricinus communis 'Impala' are just starting to show. Working hand-held, I stood on a low wall so I could look down and fill the frame with the carpet of delightful plants.

Nikon D810, Nikon 24-85mm lens, 1/160sec at f/7.1, ISO 500. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Carole Drake (#230513)

Carole Drake, Glassmount Spring, Glassmount House,

Fife, Scotland, UK

Entering the walled garden at Glassmount, on a windy hillside overlooking the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, is like slipping into another world. Created and cared for by Peter, James and Irene Thomson, this magical garden is dotted with classical urns and statues, mixed with rare plants such as Cardiocrinum giganteum as well as numerous Primula to create a unique sense of beauty.

Nikon D810, Nikon 24-85mm lens, 1/30sec at f/11, ISO 200. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Francis Taylor (#228962)

Francis Taylor, Buachaille Etive Mòr,

Glen Etive, Scotland, UK

Rays of afternoon light illuminated the snow-capped peak of Buachaille Etive Mòr in the Scottish Highlands. The moody grey clouds and the russet tones of moorland heather and grasses created a beautiful contrast in colour.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm lens, 1/40sec at f/11, ISO 100. Tripod, polarising filter, cable release. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Lee Acaster (#224911)

Lee Acaster, Touch,

Torridon, Scotland, UK

It was a magical morning in the Scottish Highlands. Whilst exploring the hills above Loch Clair I came across this hidden lake, shrouded in mist and bathed in glorious early winter light.

Sony α7R, Sony Zeiss 35mm lens, 1/60sec at f/11, ISO 200. Tripod, polarising filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Richard Bloom (#235883)

Richard Bloom, Hoar Frost at Pensthorpe,

Norfolk, England, UK

A sublime feeling of tranquillity was created when the early light of a new day was coupled with morning hoar frost at Pensthorpe Millennium Garden (designed by Piet Oudolf).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 70-200mm lens, 0.5sec at f/16, ISO 160. Tripod, cable release, polarising filter, neutral density graduated filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

Commended
Alison Lawrence (#225525)

Alison Lawrence, Calla Lily Curves,

Gloucestershire, England, UK

I can never decide which side of the Zantedeschia (calla lily) best depicts its beauty. I therefore took three specimens and arranged them so that each angle can be fully appreciated. 

Canon EOS 760D, Canon 18-55mm lens, 1/4sec at f/16, ISO 100. Tripod, remote release, torch. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Nigel McCall (#228511)

Nigel McCall, The Kitchen Garden,

Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

The morning sun had just started to illuminate the far side of the Kitchen Garden, highlighting the inviting abundance of colour and variety.

Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon 50mm tilt-shift macro lens, 1/4sec at f/10, ISO 100. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

1st Place
Jonathan Need (#225314)

Jonathan Need, Starlings,

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, UK

A heavy snowfall brought a lot of hungry birds to my garden feeder. This old nearby tap provided a convenient resting place for this trio of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) while they waited for their turn to feed.

Nikon D3S, Sigma 500mm lens, 1/500sec at f/5, ISO 800. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

3rd Place
Paul Mitchell (#233332)

Paul Mitchell, Dappled Light,

Wiltshire, England, UK

I find wandering in woodland an incredibly cathartic experience. It was during a recent trip to this particular forest I chanced upon a small clearing that was bathed in subtle but slightly dappled light. I enjoyed the delicate drops of yellow leaves on this silver birch (Betula pendula) whilst the misty conditions helped impart an impressionistic feel.

Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200mm lens, 0.4sec at f/11, ISO 64. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Andy Farrer (#235331)

Andy Farrer, Autumn,

Dorset, England, UK

I captured this Dorset woodland scene on a bright, misty autumn morning which created a captivating golden glow.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400mm lens, 1/15sec at f/9, ISO 400. Tripod, polarising filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

Highly Commended
Steve Palmer (#230716)

Steve Palmer, Frost on the Common,

Wilmslow, England, UK

The early morning frost and purple heather created a beautiful accompaniment to this autumnal tree.

Pentax K-1, Pentax 300mm lens, 1/500sec at f/4, ISO 400. Post-capture: basic image management.

Highly Commended
Andy Farrer (#235384)

Andy Farrer, Kingston Lacy Beech Avenue

National Trust Kingston Lacy, Dorset, England, UK

The avenue of beech trees at Kingston Lacy dates back to 1835 and has beautiful overhanging boughs that create an intriguing natural tunnel.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 100-400mm lens, 2sec at f/11, ISO 400. Tripod, polarising filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

 

Finalist
Francis Taylor (#228930)

Francis Taylor, Millstone Sunset,

Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK

The beautiful golden hour light illuminated the gritstone cliffs of Millstone Edge and the blossoming Erica cinerea (bell heather).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 16-35mm lens, 1/640sec at f/8, ISO 100. Tripod, cable release.
Post-capture: basic image management.

Commended
Timothy Burgess (#234320)

Timothy Burgess, Autumn Sunset,

River Stour, Dedham Vale, England, UK

I return to this same spot every season to photograph these iconic willow trees. This High Dynamic Range (HDR) image was produced from blending together three bracketed images.

Sony α7, Sony 28-70mm lens, 1/2500sec to 1/160sec at f/8, ISO 1000. Post-capture: blended three images together.

Highly Commended
Simon Lea (#220584)

Simon Lea, Blood-Red Poppies,

West Midlands, England, UK

I had just set up my camera equipment when the sun appeared over the slight hill in the distance. Golden light backlit the poppies and turned the field in front of me into a stunning blood-red colour.

Nikon D750, Nikon 24-85mm lens, 0.4sec at f/14, ISO 100. Tripod, remote release, neutral density graduated filter. Post-capture: basic image management.

Finalist
Ross Hoddinott (#232259)

Ross Hoddinott, Marbled White Butterfly,

Devon, England, UK

I captured this marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) amongst the tall grasses at sunrise, bathed in warm, shimmering early morning light.

Nikon D850, Nikon 200mm macro lens, 1/1250sec at f/4, ISO 1600. Tripod. Post-capture: basic image management.

Commended

Gloria King, Longji Rice Terraces,

Longsheng, Guangxi Province, China

Rice has been cultivated in China for thousands of years. The beautiful stepped terraces create fascinating relief patterns across the slopes of many hills and mountains in agricultural areas. This particular set of terraces is also known as Dragon's Backbone.

Sony NEX-7, Sony 18-55mm lens, 1/640sec at f/6.3, ISO 200. Post-capture: basic image management.

1st Place

Halu Chow, Greenbelt,

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

I used infrared to precisely define the exact locations of plant life around the city, highlighting the scale and proximity of their presence. It is easy to forget the intimacy and importance of this relationship.

Canon IXUS 860 IS, Canon 28-105mm lens, 1/100sec at f/2.8, ISO 100. Infrared converted camera. Post-capture: basic image management.

Minghui Yuan, Damselfly Umbrella

Wuhan Botanical Garden, Wuhan City, China

Black and white has a powerful ability to simplify images and bring subjects closer to our attention. It can help bring out detail, poetry and even humour.

Canon EOS 70D, Tamron 90mm macro lens, 1/40sec at f/9, ISO 400. Post-capture: basic image management.

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