RHS garden photographer of the year announced

The hunt for the world's best garden photographer of 2014 has come to an end as the RHS announces the results of its annual photographic competition.

French photographer Alain Jouno has won £2,000 for a picture ay Parc Botanique de Haute, Brittany.

For her image of a crow in flight, 17-year-old Catherine Sim from Glasgow has been named RHS Young Photographer of the Year and receives £500 to spend on the Wex Photographic website. 

The judging panel comprised snappers Clive Nichols and Andrew Lawson and RHS The Garden magazine Chris Young, who said: "Alain's brilliant image is more than the sum of its parts. The serendipity of the sunset, the abstract sculptural forms, the dogs drinking the water and the mist beyond create an incredibly evocative image. The formal rectilinear shape of the pond contrasts well with the different tree and shrub forms in the garden. We also enjoyed the contrast of the ripples of water emanating from the dogs, and the shape those ripples created in the overall image. This is a well-composed photograph that truly reflects a moment in a garden's time." 

Jouno said: "It is a great honour to be crowned RHS Photographer of the Year 2014. It's hard to believe I have won, because I am only a modest amateur photographer. I entered the competition to share the beauty of the Botanical Park of Haute Bretagne. I took this image one evening as the mist was rising and the sky was lit by the setting sun." 

On Sim's winning image, Young said: "Some images are evocative; some are artistic; and some stop you in your tracks. This image does all three. It is a beautifully captured moment, using the rule of thirds to strong effect. The balance between the black of the crow contrasting with the whites/greys of the sky and fence adds strong drama and contrast to this photograph. The slight curves to the wing tips also bring in movement and pace. It is a really super photograph." 

Sim said: "I spend a lot of my time taking photographs outdoors and when I saw last year's entries I was inspired to enter the competition. I am very honoured to win such a prestigious award; it is a fantastic achievement for me. I am so passionate about photography, and getting recognition for something that I love doing is so rewarding and makes all those hours trying to get the perfect shot so worthwhile. It is definitely the highlight of my year. I am very proud of myself, and to have this achievement on my CV will hopefully help me to pursue my love of photography as a career in the future." 

The competition was open both to professional and amateur photographers, who were invited to submit images to any of the five adult categories - Plants, Abstracts and Details, Seasons, Celebrating Gardens, and Wildlife - or the two categories specifically for under-18s.


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