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Insect Beauties category winners announced

Philip Smith
23 September 2010
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Ants, bees, bugs and flies all buzzed and crawled into the International Garden Photographer of the Year office as our '4Seasons: Insect Beauties' category inspired photographers from around the world to submit a variety of incredible photographs of our mighty micro friends.

Phew that was a tough one. We had an amazing collection of insect photographs once the ‘4Seasons: Insect Beauties’ category finished at the end of August. Many of them were unlucky to miss out. There was even very little to choose between the top three photographs, but after long discussion the winner is:

In Flight’ by Lotte Andersen Pedersen from Denmark.

The judges admired the way the photograph was clearly the result of painstaking work, catching the hoverfly at exactly the right moment, and with exactly the right composition of colour and shape. The insect is clearly in its element.

See all entries at the International Garden Photographer of the Year website.

Runners up were Jacky Parker ‘Lady in Red’, and Leena Holmström ‘Small Copper in Sunshine'.

'Lady in red' by Jacky Parker

The category winner receives a £500 cash prize and all the finalists will receive a copy of ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year Collection 03’ published by David and Charles. All the finalists have been awarded points which will be taken through to the judging of the main competition. The final run up to judging the main competition is now on – with the deadline November 30th. There are seven categories to enter from Trees to Wildflowers to People in the Garden.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is run by photographers for photographers. Uniquely, we offer all entrants the opportunity to discuss their entries with judges after the competition closes, and anyone can ask for feedback on their entries by email. Go to to get involved.

- Philip - 

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