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International Garden Photographer of the Year

A collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Competition will be displayed at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from April 13 – June 19 2016.

From close-up studies to distant vistas, from the quirky and amusing, to the outright wondrous, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden and vividly showcase images of a green planet.

The exhibition will be displayed outdoors, on the IGPOTY outdoor structure in the Botanic Garden’s Autumn Garden, and will feature fine art prints from all of the major competition categories including: Beauty of Plants, Beautiful Gardens, Wildlife in the Garden, Bountiful Earth, Wildflower Landscapes, Trees, Woods & Forests, Greening the City and more.

“We are delighted to be sharing these photographs with our visitors. This exhibition showcases some of the best amateur and professional photography which the natural world has to offer. We hope the exhibition will inspire visitors to take a closer look at their environment and especially the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Garden. We grow such a diverse range of plants from right across the globe, so there’s plenty of great material for budding photographers.”
Professor Beverley Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The exhibition will include the overall first, second and third prize winners as well as many category prize winners. Images range from spring time in Oxfordshire to a cheeky garden robin in Aberdeenshire to the northern lights of the Artic to the myriad shapes of the rice terraces in the Yunnan Province of China. It will also include prize winning images from Cambridgeshire’s Mandy Disher of flower seedcases and pods containing their valuable treasures inside.

IGPOTY – now in its tenth year – continues to be the premium competition for garden, plant and botanical photography with entries from around the world – open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 16s.

The exhibition is a celebration of photographic art and nature with the intention to inspire, immerse and connect people with the beautiful green world that surrounds us – whether a balcony, local park, or natural scenery. Its organisers hope the images will encourage more of us to stop, observe, think about things and reflect on time spent in our gardens or outside and make a deep connection with natural life around us. The IGPOTY exhibition tours the UK and worldwide. The competition runs from February to October each year and has a first place prize of £7,500. IGPOTY also runs a number of photography workshops at Kew, across the UK and in Europe – see the website for full details.

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