'Penstemon sunrise' by Dennis Frates, overall 2012 winner.
The International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition has opened today, 22 March 2013, simultaneously at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
Selections from the exhibition will then travel around the UK, Germany Portugal and New York, with a centrepiece exhibiton at Bankside Gallery London from 2 July 2013. The exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be in October 2013.
This year's overall winner was Dennis Frates, with the image 'Penstemon sunrise'. Philip Smith, IGPOTY project director, said: "All of the judges thought this was the outstanding image from this year's competition. First and foremost, it is technically superb. The composition is wonderfully balanced, with its strong diagonal energy leading the viewer to experience this fantastic vista almost at first hand."
"The light on the rock is what creates the magic. The photographer has waited for exactly the right moment, on the right day and he has made a huge effort to be in the right place. The 'wildflower landscapes' category is all about plants in their natural enivronment, and this image is a fantastic example of the sheer tenacity and adaptability of plant life."
The 2013 competition is now open for you to enter. Currently running is the Monochrome category, which closes on 30 April 2013.
For more information and to see more of the winning 2012 images, visit the IGPOTY website