RHS Photographic Competition 2018 Winners

 

RHS Photographic Competition 2018 Winners

RHS Photographic Competition

One, © Kristina Zvinakeviciute, Overall Adult Winner of the Competition, Welcoming Garden Wildlife , RHS Photographic Competition
One
© Kristina Zvinakeviciute
Overall Adult Winner of the Competition
Winner Welcoming Garden Wildlife Category

This image is of a soldier beetle spotted during summer in a meadow of wavy hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) near Manchester. Taken with a Sony 77.

 

Am I camouflaged?, © Indigo Larmour, Overall Young Winner, Under 11s , RHS Photographic Competition
Am I camouflaged?
© Indigo Larmour
Overall Young Winner
Winner Under 11s Category

This image is a portrait of a grasshopper observed by the photographer in a garden, blending perfectly with the leaves of a succulent plant, seen while on a road trip near Little Petra in Jordan. Taken using a Nikon D600.

 

Awakening, © Aleksandr Ivanov, Winner Pure Plants, RHS Photographic Competition
Awakening
© Aleksandr Ivanov
Winner Pure Plants Category

Portrait of a wild tulip (Tulipa), capturing the harmony of nature and taken in the cool, clear dawn light, near Kharabali in the Kharabalinsky district, Russia. Taken using a Nikon D800.

 

The Boss, © Romana Rihova, 2nd Pure Plants, RHS Photographic Competition
The Boss
© Romana Rihova
2nd Pure Plants Category

Portrait of a charismatic wild beech tree (Fagus), captured displaying autumnal tints growing in a forest in the Malá Fatra mountains, Slovakia. Taken using a Canon 5D MkIII.

 

Arctic Birch, © Katarzyna Nizinkiewicz, 3rd Pure Plants Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Arctic Birch
© Katarzyna Nizinkiewicz
3rd Pure Plants Category

Snow-bound Arctic forest on hills south of Nuorgam in the north of Finland, home to the Sami community and a population of more than 4,000 reindeer. Taken with a Canon 5D.

 

Nipple, © Damjan Voglar, Winner Abstract and Details Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Nipple
© Damjan Voglar
Winner Abstract and Details Category

Close up detail of a leaf spine of succulent Agave americana from a plant growing at the University of Ljubljana Botanical Garden in Slovenia. Taken with a Nikon F90 camera using Fujifilm Fujichrome Velvia 50 film.

 

The Conversation: White Cyclamen in Spectral Light From a Prism, © Elizabeth A Kazda, 2nd Abstract and Details Category, RHS Photographic Competition
The Conversation: White Cyclamen in Spectral Light From a Prism
© Elizabeth A Kazda
2nd Abstract and Details Category

Portrait of cyclamen, lit using spectral light generated from a prism in sunlight, used to ‘paint’ these otherwise white flowers and give them new character. The photographer’s intention was to portray an intimate conversation between the two flowers. Taken using a Nikon D610.

 

Forest Structure, © Evgeny Andreev, 3rd Abstract And Details Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Forest Structure
© Evgeny Andreev
3rd Abstract And Details Category

Monochrome aerial view of a deciduous forest during winter in Sochi, Russia, the stark frozen landscape representative of the relationship between nature and people. Taken on Fujifilm X-E2.

 

Eye To Eye, © Natalia Bachkova, 2nd Welcoming Garden Wildlife Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Eye To Eye
© Natalia Bachkova
2nd Welcoming Garden Wildlife Category

Fighting male sparrows in flight, seen in the Ryazan region, Russia. Taken using a Canon 7D.

 

Beautiful Damselfly in the Garden, © Priyank Dhami, 3rd Welcoming Garden Wildlife Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Beautiful Damselfly in the Garden
© Priyank Dhami
3rd Welcoming Garden Wildlife Category

Portrait of an apparently smiling damselfly, resting on an emerging leaf, seen during the monsoon at Randarda Nursery Garden, Rajkot in India. Taken using a Canon 1200D.

 

The Soft Hues Of Autumn At RHS Garden Wisley, © Marianne Majerus, Winner Celebrating Gardens Category, RHS Photographic Competition
The Soft Hues Of Autumn At RHS Garden Wisley
© Marianne Majerus
Winner Celebrating Gardens Category

Autumnal view of the planting by garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith beside The Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley, featuring Miscanthus grass, pillars of Carpinus, fiery colours from a young Prunus ‘Shogetsu’ and golden tints from mature oaks. Taken using a Canon 5D MkIV.

 

The Italian Garden at Borde Hill in Winter, © John Glover, 2nd Celebrating Gardens Category, RHS Photographic Competition
The Italian Garden at Borde Hill in Winter
© John Glover
2nd Celebrating Gardens Category

In winter, it is often a garden’s structure that makes it photogenic, here provided by a formal pool reflecting the sky, and terracotta  pots and topiary that draw the eye toward the distant landscape. The sculpture expresses the joy of being in a garden like this at  any time of year. Taken using a Nikon D3X.

 

Rhododendron-Park Bremen, Germany, © Ulrike Adam, 3rd Celebrating Gardens Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Rhododendron-Park Bremen, Germany
© Ulrike Adam
3rd Celebrating Gardens Category

Magnolias caught at sunrise in Rhododendron-Park Bremen, Germany. The early light transforms the site into a magical, dreamy and enchanting place; a vision of paradise. Taken using a Canon 70D.

 

Through Concrete to the Sun, © Anna Marko, Winner Urban Gardening Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Through Concrete to the Sun
© Anna Marko
Winner Urban Gardening Category

Image taken in summer at dawn of a construction site in Kemerovo, Russia; the plants emerging between concrete slabs caught by the rays of the rising sun formed a harmonious composition and inspired the photographer. Taken with a Canon 650D.

 

Central Park, New York, © Angel Torres Escalante, 2nd Urban Gardening Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Central Park, New York
© Angel Torres Escalante
2nd Urban Gardening Category

Monochrome view of Central Park, taken in March 2016, showing silhouettes of trees backed by a soaring cityscape of skyscrapers, a dramatic illustration of the contrast between urban and nature. Taken using a Nikon D7000

 

Special Pot, © Mehdi Babadi, 3rd Urban Gardening Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Special Pot
© Mehdi Babadi
3rd Urban Gardening Category

Still life of a collection of planted containers in Iran, including an ingeniously recycled helmet used by the photographer’s father to grow seeds. Taken using a Canon 7D.

 

Snow Showers, © Paula Cooper, Winner Social Media Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Snow Showers
© Paula Cooper
Winner Social Media Category

Image of a woodland taken on a snowy day in December at Thetford Forest in Norfolk, the falling snowflakes lending a sense of movement to the scene and contrasting with the last of autumn’s leaves. Taken using a Panasonic G80.

 

Hidden Depths, © Helen Jane Cooke, 2nd Social Media Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Hidden Depths
© Helen Jane Cooke
2nd Social Media Category

Portrait of Taxodium distichum(swamp cypress) growing on Seven Acres, at RHS Garden Wisley, taken in autumn 2017. The tangle of roots disappearing into the lake inspired the photographer; with the proper nourishment, great heights can be achieved if you remain firmly grounded and stay true to your roots. Taken using a Canon 200D.

 

A Berry in the Beak is Worth Two in the Bush, © Emma Seward, 3rd Social Media Category, RHS Photographic Competition
A Berry in the Beak is Worth Two in the Bush
© Emma Seward
3rd Social Media Category

A song thrush feasting on the winter berries of Cotoneaster growing in the photographer’s garden in Golden Valley, Riddings, Derbyshire. Taken using a Nikon D7000.

 

How the Colours Change When the Sun Sets, © Madhura Tilve, Winner Under 18s Category, RHS Photographic Competition
How the Colours Change When the Sun Sets
© Madhura Tilve
Winner Under 18s Category

Grass flowers bejewelled with raindrops and silhouetted against the setting sun, representing the raw beauty of nature and plants and spotted by the photographer while on a hike in Halla-san National Park, Jeju Island, South Korea. Taken using a Nikon D610.

 

Married Life, © Seneth Dias, 2nd Under 18s Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Married Life
© Seneth Dias
2nd Under 18s Category

A pair of butterflies, probably fritillaries, caught in the act of mating, taken using a Nikon D90.

 

Twisted Forest, © Poppy Chennells, 3rd Under 18s Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Twisted Forest
© Poppy Chennells
3rd Under 18s Category

The drama of a forest canopy can be as inspiring as any cathedral or castle – here the 15-year-old photographer has looked up in the Kielder Forest, Northumberland, and seen a magical autumnal image. The pear green and gold leaves decorate the trees, making them full of life, while the white sky shining through makes it look like the branches are arms reaching to the heavens. Taken using a Nikon D7000.

 

Wicker Stairs, © Emilia Nizankowska, 2nd Under 11s Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Wicker Stairs
© Emilia Nizankowska
2nd Under 11s Category

Twin rows of ivy-clad birches (Betula) trunks as seen in Poland – the repetition of the trees and colouring makes for an impressive image, showing natural rhythm and pattern. Taken using a Sony H2.

 

The Wildflowers, © Victoria Velinova Kraleva, 3rd Under 11s Category, RHS Photographic Competition
The Wildflowers
© Victoria Velinova Kraleva
3rd Under 11s Category

Wild globe thistles (Echinops), captured in summer growing in the Pirin Mountains in Sandanski Municipality, Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria. The village, which can be seen in the background, is Gorna Sushitsa. Taken using a Sony 5000.

 

Dancing Flowers, © Polina Plotnikova, Best in Show Portfolio Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Dancing Flowers
© Polina Plotnikova
Best in Show Portfolio Category
Gold Medal Winner

Series of white flowers taken at slow shutter speed, with intentional camera movement (ICM) and in-camera double exposure. The aim was to create the appearance of ethereal dancing flowers. Basic adjustments in Photoshop, but no major alteration. Location: all images taken in my home studio, London.

 

Botanical Prints: Where Art Meets Science, © Eleanor Coate, Gold Portfolio Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Botanical Prints: Where Art Meets Science
© Eleanor Coate
Gold Portfolio Category

My portfolio is inspired by the artists of the golden age of botanical painting. The RHS Lindley Library supported my research, providing the opportunity to see original works and first prints. My objective is to capture in a 21st-century medium the essence and purpose of this genre. Digital techniques including focus stacking and image blending have been used to provide the required level of detail and accuracy. Location: all images taken in my home studio, London.

 

Species Boundaries: Fritillaria Affinis, © Laurence Hill, Gold Portfolio Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Species Boundaries: Fritillaria Affinis
© Laurence Hill
Gold Portfolio Category

Horticulture frequently presents us with plants that are uniform in appearance. However, a taxonomic description can be very broad to reflect a range of natural variation. Species Boundaries is a project I am currently working on to show this variation across several species. Fritillaria affinis is a variable species from north-western North America and this series shows specimens from Oregon and California to illustrate this variation. To underline the geography and unify the group a map motif is used as a background. Plants are shown life-size. Both focus stacking and layer stacking were used to create the digital images. Location: studio.

 

Abstract Images RHS Garden Wisley, © Nigel Chapman, Gold Portfolio Category, RHS Photographic Competition
Abstract Images RHS Garden Wisley
© Nigel Chapman
Gold Portfolio Category

Although not on my doorstep, Wisley is close enough to enable me to make frequent visits to this location. As a keen natural history/botanical photographer Wisley is a delight and I am particularly attracted to the intricate detail and patterns of  plant structures particularly in abstract form. My subjects were mostly photographed in The Glasshouse; and the Canna in the Exotic Garden. Location: RHS Garden Wisley. Please note: some of the images were re-selected prior to judging – the final composition will be shown here shortly.

 

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