RHS photography competition winners announced
The winners of the renowned Royal Horticultural Society photography competition have been announced.
Out of thousands of entries from around the world, the stunning image of an olive tree surrounded by tulips wins Josie Elias first prize of £1000 and the prestigious title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2012. The winner of the title RHS Young Photographer of the Year 2012 went to Alex Berryman for his picture of a juvenile robin.
James Arnold, competition organiser, said: “We have had a record number of entries this year, doubling figures from last year. The judges have been astounded by the extraordinary quality of the images which people have produced from all over the world; it’s simply breathtaking and very difficult to choose a winner.
“The judges have been astounded by the extraordinary quality of images which both categories, under-11s and 11–17 year-olds, have produced. It was very difficult to choose a winner, but Alex’s sharp wildlife study of a young robin, beak wide open and with fantastic texture of youthful feathers, stood out as the winner.”
Chris Young, member of the judging panel and editor of The Garden magazine, said: “Josie's image of the olive tree, under-planted by tulips and set within a picturesque view, is not only a beautifully composed photograph; it also screams warm weather and springtime vibrancy. She has captured so well the spirit of a garden that can be seen at that time of year.”
Josie Elias, RHS Photographer of the Year 2012 winner, said: “We stumbled on the Iris Garden at Plantas Distintas in Marnes, Spain quite by chance. I was particularly intrigued by the contrast of the gnarled old olive tree and colourful spring flowers. I felt I had to capture the scene and was encouraged by the nursery owners to enter the photograph into the RHS competition. I am very excited and honoured to have won.”
Alex Berryman, aged 15, said: “I was lucky enough to have a pair of robins nesting in my garden and happened to be outside with my camera at the moment they fledged. The birds were unable to fly and were extremely vulnerable. Eventually one hopped up onto a post, and I began to snap away. The bird was constantly calling for its mother and this is what enabled me to get the shot. Sometimes the best wildlife can be found right on our doorsteps.
“I am extremely pleased to have won the competition, and even more so to have won it with one of my favourite photographs.”
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