Macro Art

This is a chance to capture the world of plants and gardens on a completely different scale, utilising a unique set of macro photography skills. From the life of tiny insects, to the mesmerising shapes and swirls of flowers, you are encouraged to explore our green planet close-up through macro photography, whilst showcasing the beauty and complexity of nature.

‘Panta Rhei’ by Lizzy Petereit
1st Place
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‘Big Nose’ by Richard Kubica
2nd Place
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‘Vitrail’ by Petar Sabol
3rd Place
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‘Glamourpillar’ by Henrik Spranz
Finalist
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‘Sunset Serenity’ by Henrik Spranz
Highly Commended
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Macro Art
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International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography.
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The Beauty of Plants

Achieving great images of plants and beautiful flowers requires skill, passion and commitment. This category celebrates the ephemeral beauty of the plant – from seed to compost. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. This could be a rambling rose, a humble bluebell, an exotic tree peony or the delicate flower head of a grass. A single bloom in isolation can be admired for its uniqueness or beautiful flowers celebrated for their form and colour.

Lotus Tango by Kathleen Furey
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Artichoke by Marjoleine Brons
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Psychedelic Mushroom by Jackie Kramer
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The Couple by Henrik Spranz
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The Beauty of Plants
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Breathing Spaces

This category celebrates peaceful images of open spaces and the places where we love to relax and enjoy the feeling of well-being. It could be that people are the subject of your photography or it could be animals or plants; perhaps a landscape, a wide vista or a favourite hideaway. The judges will be looking for those images that express peace, contentment and enjoyment.

Single entry award winners – Competition 12

Farewell by Andrea Pozzi
1st Place
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Dawn Colours by Mark Bauer
2nd Place
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Tumpak Sewu Waterfall by Suwandi Chandra
3rd Place
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Stars over Conway by Brandon Yoshizawa
Finalist
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North American Wilderness by Bill Coster
Highly Commended
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Breathing Spaces
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Trees, Woods & Forests

In this category we celebrate the tree in all its diverse forms. From the gnarled old oak to the mighty redwood, from the garden apple tree to the wild forests, we are inviting you to show us how important trees are in our lives and in the health of our planet. Winning tree images will reveal the treasures of our great woods and forests as well as the beauty of a solitary tree. How do people and trees live side by side in one world? How does a tree create a sense of well-being? The judges will be looking for tree images that seek to address these questions, as well as those that portray the simple beauty of our planet’s trees.

‘Misty Bayou’
by Roberto Marchegiani
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‘In Flames’
by Paul Marcellini
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‘Autumn’
by Andy Farrer
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‘The Ancients’
by Paul Marcellini
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‘Autumn Sunset’
by Tim Burgess
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Trees, Woods & Forests
Single entry award winners – Competition 12
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Green Gibraltar

Single entry award winners from the “Green Gibraltar” special award.
International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12

Ernest Martinez – 1st Place
‘Passage to the Mediterranean Steps’
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Gerry Fagan – 2nd Place
‘Dandelion’
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Monica McMahon – 3rd Place
‘Early Morning Dew on White Narcissus’
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Ernest Martinez – Finalist
‘Blooming’
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Alexander Sanchez Soiza – Commended
‘A Measure of Tranquillity’
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Green Gibraltar
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Macro Art

The second Photo Project of the IGPOTY calendar is Macro Art. This is a chance to capture the world of plants and gardens on a completely different scale, utilising a unique set of macro photography skills. From the life of tiny insects, to the mesmerising shapes and swirls of flowers, you are encouraged to explore our green planet close-up through macro photography, whilst showcasing the beauty and complexity of nature.

‘Mayflies’ by Petar Sabol – 1st Place
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‘Salad Burnet Flower’ by Ian Gilmour – 2nd Place
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‘Unfurling’ by Ashley Moore – 3rd Place
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‘Jumping Spider’ by Richard Kubica – Finalist
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‘Heaven’ by Petar Sabol – Commended
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Single entry award winners – Competition 12
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Black and White ‘Garden Photography’

The IGPOTY calendar begins with the brilliant Black & White Photo Project. Be creative, explore different botanical shapes and take advantage of the texture, patterns and shapes emphasised by the increased contrast of black and white.
You can use the existing IGPOTY main categories to theme your black & white images only within the realms of ‘garden photography’.
Through use of black and white, aim to capture a new experience, essence or feeling that colour will struggle to express.

‘Jumping Over Karma’
Simon Hadleigh-Sparks – 1st Place
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‘Weeping Willow’
Carolyne Barber – 2nd Place
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‘Damselfly Umbrella’
Minghui Yuan – 3rd Place
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‘Arctic Poppies’
Margaret Sixsmith – Finalist
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‘Samaras’
Danièle Dugré – Highly Commended
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Black and white is a diverse, modern and powerful thematic style that works perfectly with botanical subjects. Winners of this Photo Project have all showed fantastic originality and intention, setting out to achieve a black and white image from the outset that belonged in black and white for a specific reason, rather than converting an old colour image. In this way the photograph gains considerable value, impact and integrity.

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