Highlights from Kew's 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge

Throughout March and April 2011, we invited members of our 'Your Kew' and 'Natural Neighbourhood' Flickr groups to take part in our 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge. Philip Smith, Director of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, picks his favourites.

06 May 2011

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Palm House Lake by charliegirl_77 on Flickr

Each month Philip Smith, Director of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, will pick his favourite photos from Kew's monthly Flickr Photo Challenge. Philip is a professional photographer who specialises in gardens and plants. His photography has featured in many magazines and books, including The English Garden, The Garden (RHS) and Gardeners’ World. His work has also featured in exhibitions at Kew Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley and London.

Below you can see Philip's favourite photos from our 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge, which took place on Flickr throughout March and April 2011. If you enjoy taking photos of plants and nature and would like to get involved in this month's challenge, the theme for May is 'New beginnings'.

You can see more outstanding photos in our 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge galleries here:

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Featured photos - Your Kew 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge

See Kew's 'Signs of Spring' gallery on Flickr
Top: Palm House Lake by charleygirl_77
Bottom: Bluebells by Colin RedGriff


 

 

 

 


Palm House Lake by charleygirl_77 (top)

I chose this photograph because the tulips by the edge of the lake are very nicely done. The photographer has carefully chosen the water as a backdrop to enable the viewer to concentrate on the delicate blooms. See this photo on Flickr.

Bluebells by Colin RedGriff (bottom)

It's hard to think of a more iconic sign of spring at Kew Gardens than this raft of bluebells. Surprisingly difficult to photograph, this image is beautifully framed at the top by the light that filters through young green leaves. Very often it's the simple compositions that work best and this photograph is my favourite for that reason. See this photo on Flickr.


Featured photos - Natural Neighbourhood 'Signs of Spring' Photo Challenge

Bluetit on the left and geum on the right
Left: Blue Tit 108 by LangAyreDigital
Right: geum by MarkQPR

Blue Tit 108 by LangAyreDigital (left)

My favourite from this gallery is the Blue Tit. This bird is so difficult to capture on camera well, but the soft light on this cloudy day perfectly renders the the detailed textures and colour of the feathers. The technique showcased in this photograph is superb. See this photo on Flickr.

geum by MarkQPR (right)

There are some really lovely pictures in this month's Natural Neighbourhood Flickr gallery. This photograph of geum is brilliantly thought out. The soft but readable background is just enough to suggest this tiny plant's modest but beautiful place in a substantial garden - like a jewel. It's also been taken at a great angle. See this photo on Flickr.


Join Kew on Flickr and take part in our 'New beginnings' Photo Challenge

'Kew on Flickr' is the official Flickr group for Kew Gardens and Wakehurst; we invite visitors to share their photos of the Gardens and take part in monthly photo challenges. Help Kew show off the beauty and fascinations of the Gardens and see your photos featured on Kew's website.

'Your Kew' Flickr group

Help Kew celebrate biodiversity by sharing photos of nature in your local area. Post photos of what you’re doing at home or in your neighbourhood to help support and safeguard the diversity of plant and animal life.

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International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

Find out about the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and how you can get involved. It is the world’s premier competition for garden, plant and flower photography and culminates each year in an outdoor exhibition at Kew Gardens.

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