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Winners Announced: International Garden Photographer of the Year

February 12, 2016

The winners of the latest International Garden Photographer of the Year competition have just been announced.

The images, which feature everything from macro shots of bees on blooms, to perfectly manicured grounds and stunning floral displays, are going on show at Kew Gardens in London, followed by various locations across England, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Carole DrakeRichard Bloom

Taking out the top spot in the entire competition is photographer Richard Bloom, whose photograph of Lake Tekapo in New Zealand (featured above) left the judges feeling awe-struck.

“When I first saw this shot, it just blew me away. I’ve been to this area of New Zealand, but have never seen the lupins that grow there look so stunning. The way the soft light picks up the best of all the colours in this landscape makes it a very worthy winner. You just want to be there,” explains competition judge Christina Harrison (Editor of Kew Magazine).

Fellow judge and Founder of International Garden Photographer of the Year, Philip Smith, agrees and states how the image aesthetically won him over:

“This is a world class subject and Richard has positioned himself so well to lead our eye into the landscape through the trickling river. It is a real celebration of flowers in the natural environment and a worthy overall winner.”

Jean Li Nicola Munro

All of these images and more will be on show at Kew Gardens in west London from 6 February until 13 March 2016. A list of full international tour dates can be found here.

To see all of the finalist images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, you can visit


Image credits (from top): Dar Ees Salaam, Carole Drake, Richard Bloom, Jean Li, and Nicola Munro.