The first ever international Garden Photographer of the Year photography competition, being held in the UK, has now selected its finalists from a field of thousands of entries. The panel of eleven judges, including renowned garden photographer Clive Nichols and TVâ€™s Chris Beardshaw, deliberated at length over the photographs from as far afield as Hawaii, Japan and Australia.
The finalistsâ€™ photographs will be showcased at a high-profile exhibition on May 22, in a purpose-built outdoor area at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and running until late September 2008. The winners themselves will be announced when the show opens, as part of the opening of Kewâ€™s summer festival.
Prizes include Â£5,000 cash for Best Single Image, Â£5,000 for Best Portfolio, and over Â£10,000 worth of vouchers from Manfrotto, Kata and Visible Dust.
The competition for 2009 is now open with new categories including â€œWorld Botanic Gardensâ€ and â€œThe Edible Gardenâ€.
Photo: David Chapman