Introducing the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition
Hello, I’m Philip Smith and I organise the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition which takes place annually at Kew Gardens.
About the International Garden Photographer of the Year
International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition for garden plant and flower photography. We want everyone who enters the competition to get something out of the experience – whether or not they win a prize.In this blog we will be helping you to get the best out of your photography – both at Kew Gardens, Wakehurst Place and other locations. We will pack it with ideas for creating your own projects, plus give you professional tips on how to improve your picture-taking.
Get inspired to take your own garden photos
The competition for next year's exhibition is still open. So there is still time to go out and find some fantastic subjects and snap the winning entry in your neighbourhood.
I live in the country and wandered down the lane early this morning to find the hedgerows dotted with wonderful wild native daffodils. And watch out everywhere for magnolias – this is going to be a great year for them. There are some fantastic specimens at Kew Gardens.
One of our exhibition finalists this year is this magnificent shot of a magnolia by Brian Haslam. Brian found just the right soft natural light – probably a bright but overcast day – to keep detail in the delicate pale shades of the leaves. If the sun is too bright then this detail would be lost as the camera – even a really expensive one - can’t adjust to contrast as efficiently as our eyes.
- Philip Smith -
- What's on at Kew Gardens - International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition
- Coming up at Kew Gardens
- International Garden Photographer of the Year website
- Book - Better Plant and Garden Photography (available through the International Garden Photographer of the Year website)
- Explore plants and fungi with Kew