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What a phenomenal number of entries! It's a record that shatters previous submissions and this month we have plant expert, Geoff Hodge, as our guest judge.
Geoff comments: "The overall quality and standard of submissions was fantastic and very varied. The competition asked for creative images and there were certainly plenty to choose from. My choice of winners are shots that I feel can be difficult to achieve and are much sought after by book and magazine publishers."
1st Although obviously an image of a flower I loved this shot by Hermin Abramovitch because it had an air of 'other world' mystery. I can feel a poster coming on...
2nd Dahlias can be difficult to shoot up close, but John Edwards' image showed the flower detail beautifully. It was helped by the colouring of the cultivar chosen.
3rd The ephemeral 'parachutes' of the dandelion seeds in this image by Richard Phillips produced a perfect foil/backdrop for the stem and seeds. If only I enjoyed the ones in my garden as much!
4th Iris flowers are beautiful but rarely shot from this angle and so close up. Although abstract in nature you can still see it's an iris. Nice one Mags Kenney.
is the Web Editor for the Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk
and a freelance horticultural photo-journalist contributing to magazines, books
and websites. He is the gardening correspondent for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
He has just finished his three-year term as Chairman of the British Garden Writers'
Guild whose members include; journalists, authors, photographers and broadcasters.