Winning Photo Exhibition
12/08/13If you’ve not seen it yet then unfortunately yet then you’re too late.
I’m talking about my RHS prize winning photograph that was on display at RHS Wisley along with winning photographs from last year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition. The IGPOTY photographs are still on display at various venues around the country and around the world (http://www.igpoty.com/Tour%20Dates.asp), so go and see them if you can.
Liss and I managed a quick trip to see the exhibition at Wisely yesterday, for the final day of on show. It is a proud feeling to have your work chosen as the best in the country and compared with other amazing photographs.
The trip to Wisley wasn’t the only reason for the visit. We also had the pleasure of touring the huge garden site, although we didn’t manage to cover anywhere near the whole 60 acres. Wisley is the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society and is the UK’s second most visited garden after Kew.
Visiting Wisley is like being a child in a sweet shop, for me, with so many things to shoot. I could spend many days there are still have loads more to take. Inside the huge glasshouse there were succulents, tropical flowers and fuchsias. Outside were walled gardens, rockeries, alpines, rose gardens wild gardens and vast orchards and fruit meadows. We didn’t have time to see the pinetum or the arboretum, so will have to visit those another day. And maybe one day I’ll be asked to visit there professionally.
What really caught my eye though was the wildflower meadow. It wasn’t ideal conditions for taking flower photographs; harsh bright mid-day sub, an unpredictable breeze, and many other visitors also wanting to admire the flowers and take their own photographs. But I have a few good pics that I’ll put on my website soon.
Finally, although you may have missed my photograph in the exhibition, as we were leaving (through the shop of course) we found the RHS 2014 calendar and my photograph is October, so it’s not too late to have your own copy, though if you ask nicely exclusive signed prints may be available.