New for 2016, the National Trust garden at Overbeck’s will be hosting a display of the judges’ favourite entries to the International Garden Photographer of the Year since its inception in 2007.
The competition was started by a group of professional garden photographers and quickly grew to become the world’s premier showcase of garden and plant photography.
Overbeck’s will be exhibiting over 20 photographs from Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 31 May on the themes of beauty of plants, wildlife in the garden and beautiful gardens.
“We are very excited to be hosting an International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition at Overbeck’s next spring.” said Lucinda Heron, operations manager at Overbeck’s.
“The photographs are stunning and will provide an inspiring connection between our garden and the ‘artist’s’ view of the beauty of gardens, plants and wildlife. We will also be running our own photography competition alongside the exhibition for those inspired by Overbeck’s.”
In partnership with the event there will be a special evening Talk and Tour entitled ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ by Phillip Smith, founder of the International Garden Photographer of the Year. Philip is a trained photographer who regularly has work published in gardening magazines, books and newspapers. He said:
“Garden photography is an emerging genre. Using a garden as an outdoor studio all photographers of any age and at any skill level can develop their artistic life.
“Garden photography encompasses many aspects of other types of image-making – you can create mini-landscapes, stalk and photograph all kinds of wildlife – or you can make your flowers look like Hollywood starlets.”
The Exhibition Talk and Tour ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ is on Saturday 7 May, 5.30-6.30pm, and costs £8 per person (which includes a glass of wine). The garden will stay open till 7.30pm if fine.
Overbeck’s Garden Photographer of the Year competition runs from 13 February to 31 July. There are two themes – the beauty of plants and the secret life of a garden and three age categories Under 10s, 8-16 and 16 and above. The winners will all be framed and mounted for display at the end of the year.
For more entry details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/overbecks.
(image: Swallow chicks by Alan Price – winning entrant to a previous International Garden Photographer of the Year competition)
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