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Introducing the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

Philip Smith
15 April 2010
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Find out about the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and how you can get involved. It's the world's premier competition for garden plant and flower photography.


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.


Magnolia campbellii by Brian Haslam. Finalist International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 3.
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.

Right now we are printing up the posters and leaflets to promote our exhibition of winners from last years competition. The exhibition opens at Kew Gardens on May 1st. It's all rather hectic!

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 -

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25 March 2012
Yes you can but you cannot win a prize if you have aready won a prize for the photo in a public competition
21 March 2012
can i send the same photos that i send to another competition?
4 May 2010
Thanks for your comment Eileen. Really pleased you like this blog. We're currently developing a Kew news service that will include personalised email alerts and RSS feeds. This service is scheduled to launch in the next couple of months. In the meantime, we do offer a Kew blog feed that might be of interest to you. This feed aggregates all posts from Kew blogs. You can find it here:
2 May 2010
Lovely image. Having just found it, I'd like to keep up with this blog but can't see an RSS feed or anything similar. I imagine there is some way people can be informed of new posts and would be grateful for guidance.
23 April 2010
On location, but a black background painted to match the petals.
21 April 2010
Lovely shot, but done in the studio surely? A bit beyond the means of us amateur photographers.

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