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International Garden Photographer of the Year

29 May 2008
The entries are in, the judges have deliberated and the winners have been announced in the inaugural International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. A ceremony on the 22nd of May was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, to present the winners and open an exhibition of the works.

IGPOTY Winning Image 
 The winning photo. Snowfall in Kenrokuen Gardens, Kanazawa, Japan. Taken by Claire Takacs.
The competition was truly international with winning entries coming from Portugal, Australia, the US and the UK. The overall winner was Claire Takacs of Australia, who captured a beautiful shot of the Kenrokeun Gardens in Kanazawa, Japan. Her photo of visitors in the garden crossing a bridge during a snow storm captured the natural beauty of Japanese gardens.

The five categories allowed for a wide range of images – garden views, plant portraits, my garden, life in the garden and trees, whose images nicely complement Kew’s current Summer Festival of Trees. There was also a portfolio and young photographer’s section. A book has been published to coincide with the exhibition, presenting the best of the entered works from all the categories. The exhibition showcasing the top 100 photos is running at Kew until September 2008.

Next year’s competition includes a new category, ‘World Botanic Garden’, which aims to capture the essence of what makes a botanic garden.  In return for promoting the competition, through botanic gardens worldwide, BGCI will receive 10% of the revenue raised through the entries to the ‘World Botanic Garden category’.  Funds raised will be used for our work in environmental education in botanic gardens through training, workshops and conferences.  For more information on about the competition visit

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