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The People's Choice

Philip Smith
17 June 2010
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Find out how you can vote for your favourite photograph and hear thoughts from Jacky Parker, recent winner of the Plant Portraits category.

This is a year of innovation for International Garden Photographer of the Year and one of the new elements we have created allows anyone to be a Judge for a Day and to vote on their favourite photograph from this years Competition. ‘The People’s Choice’ is just for fun but it also enables us to showcase some of the photographs that were highly commended – rather than the finalists.

We are running ‘The People’s Choice’ through the summer – having a different category to vote on each month. We have just announced the winner of the Plant Portraits category – Jacky Parker.

Image: Soft tones of Autumn by Jacky Parker. Nikon D200, Nikkor 105 micro VR lens

Jacky tells us: "The IGPOTY competition provides for me, a treasure trove of inspirational ideas and encouragement. My passion is for macro photography, those hidden elements of the garden not always visible to the naked eye. I like to bring out the softness of nature in my images always using a shallow depth of field to capture the beauty and simplicity of flora and fauna. I take a very casual approach to photography and always handhold the camera enabling me to move amongst shrubs and trees in my garden and be at one with nature.

I grew the Echinacea purpurea 'White Lustre’ flowers from seed and planted them amongst the Stipa tenuissima. I liked the way the delicate grasses seemed to wrap themselves around the white coneflowers gently swaying in the breeze, giving an overall softness to the composition.

This year I am enjoying the challenges of the ‘Fours Seasons’ competition bringing me out of my comfort zone to look at new aspects of garden photography.”

This month we are voting on all the images in the Garden Views category - anyone can vote if you have registered on the website at – so go on – have your say!

- Philip Smith -

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