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  Competition Judges

Chief Judge Andrew Lawson says:

"As an IGPOTY judge you look at several thousand shortlisted images. All the time you're on the look-out for that special picture - that extra bit different. Certain photographs stand out and you put them on the shortlist for group judging. This is when the judges meet, compare notes and the wrangling begins. Each of us promotes his or her favourites and we are all prepared to be convinced. It is reassuring how this process distils into the final picture choice - the best pictures consistently come out of it.

The standard of entries was incredibly high, and sometimes there was only a whisker between a shortlisted picture and one that was not . We tried to take account of the fact that a simple graphic image, like a plant close-up, may look striking as a preview on a monitor, but a complex garden picture has a slower fuse and may only reveal its depth when enlarged to full screen. It is a fact of life when you enter this competition - and I hope you will - your picture first has to attract the judge's eye and then it must pack a bigger punch when enlarged. I would say that all our winners share this quality."

The 2013 competition will be judged overa period in November 2013 and January 2014. The judges are able to use the internet to view all entries, as well as the prints that were submitted. All digital photographs are able to be viewed on one of a suite of calibrated monitors running Photoshop and Bridge, in controlled viewing conditions.

The judges will comprise a panel of highly acclaimed industry professionals, including:


Clive Nichols Christina Harrison            Juliet            sally palmer
 Clive Nichols                          Christina Harrison     Juliet Roberts              Sally Palmer

Andrew Lawson Laura GuiffridaTony KirkhamGina Fullerlove
Andrew Lawson               Laura Giuffrida                  Tony Kirkham                 Gina Fullerlove

Ray SpencejaimePaul DeboisKerry Hendry
Ray Spence             Jaime Plaza            Paul Debois                 Kerry Hendry
Tyrone McGlinchey
Tyrone McGlinchey
Andrew Lawson is a well-known and highly respected garden photographer whose pictures have been reproduced extensively in books and magazines worldwide. Andrew is a keen gardener himself and his pictures are informed by a deep knowledge of the subject. He wrote and illustrated 'The Gardener's Book of Colour' published by Frances Lincoln, and he has provided pictures for numerous books including those written by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse, Roy Strong and HRH The Prince of Wales.
Clive Nichols is one of the world's most successful flower and garden photographers. He has won many awards for his work and in 2005 was voted 'Garden Photographer of the Year' by the Garden Writers Guild. His work has appeared in countless magazines, books and calendars throughout the world and he is in constant demand as a lecturer and teacher, running many workshops for the Royal Horticultural Society. He has appeared on British and Japanese TV, sits on the RHS Photographic Committee and is a judge for the 'Garden Photographer of the Year' competition.
Janine Wookey
Juliet Roberts has edited Gardens Illustrated for over six years. Prior to garden journalism, she worked for the British Film Institute on several different film magazines. Having spent a decade in publishing, Juliet re-trained as a professional photographer intending to change careers, but then she spotted a vacancy at Gardens Illustrated. The work combined her passion for gardening, photography and travel and she couldn’t resist. It turned out to be her perfect job.

Tony Kirkham
Tony Kirkham With his roots firmly in the world of Trees, Tony is now Head of Arboretum and Horticultural Services at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he looks after an amazing 14, 000 specimens.

Author and Editor of countless publications on the subject trees, Tony is also the Presenter of the acclaimed BBC series, "Trees that Made Britain". He has just finished the second series. With this wealth of experience, he is ideally placed to be our Guest Judge for the "Trees" category.
Ray Spence
Ray Spence is a photographer based in the Midlands. He is a lecturer in photography at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University.
Trained as a microbiologist and a keen organic gardener, much of his influence is drawn from natural forms. Plants, organic structures and the human body are all recurring themes.
Ray regularly exhibits and his work is published and collected widely. He is much in demand as a lecturer and workshop leader.
He is the author of the five books on photography and regularly contributes to magazine articles.
Currently, Ray is working as the official photographer for the Food for Life programme in conjunction with Garden Organic, Ryton.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is chairman of the Distinctions Panels in ‘Visual Arts’ and ‘Printing’
Gina Fullerlove
Gina Fullerlove has been head of publishing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the last 10 years and before that was an online reference publisher for Nature and Macmillan Publishers, and commissioning editor for Academic Press. A biologist by training, she is passionate about the creative communication of science, particularly biology, nature and the history of science.

During her time at Kew she has commissioned and produced over 100 highly illustrated books for academics, other professionals, general audiences, adults and children, working with many talented photographers and illustrators. She has learned that no matter who a book is aimed at its visual aesthetics - composition, images, design, look and feel - are critical to engaging its audience.
Jaime Roon
Jaime Plaza was born in Chile and migrated to Australia in the mid eighties. In 1989 he was employed as photographer at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.

Since then Jaime has contributed to many scientific, exhibition and publication projects including The Flora of New South Wales, Vegetation Classification Assessment of New South Wales, Wollemi pine research, State of the Waratah exhibition for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Visitor Centre and many more educational, promotional and coffee table books.

As a freelancer, Jaime’s camera has been put to work for the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Sydney, the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, the Ministry of the Arts, the Powerhouse Museum and many garden and natural history magazines.
sally palmer
Sally Palmer Before becoming Editor of the National Trust magazine this year, Sally spent over a decade writing and editing articles for consumer specialist interest magazines, mostly for BBC Worldwide. Most recently, she was the Editor of BBC Knowledge, an international science, nature and history magazine. She has a long-standing love of photography and the outdoors, and has worked closely with many of the world’s top nature photographers.

The National Trust magazine has the third-highest circulation in the UK, reaching four million readers.

paul debois

Paul Debois is a London based photographer who works in diverse fields, from editorial and PR activity for the automotive industry to more creatively focussed work with natural subjects. His work has been recognised through awards from Car Photographer of the Year to portfolio and category winners in the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

He trained as a black and white and colour printer in the early 1980's, working for the Ministry of Defence before becoming a staff photographer at Haymarket publishing in 1985. Since 1988 he has been freelance, spending many years working for car manufacturers and magazines. He latterly has increasingly worked with natural subjects in the gardening and lifestyle sphere, including wrk for 'Gardener's World' magazine and 'Gardens Illustrated'.

Christina Harrison is editor of Kew magazine – the magazine of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has worked at Kew for over 11 years – in horticulture, garden interpretation and now as editor, using photography to its full potential to tell stories about Kew, the beauty and importance of plants and the environment. She is also the author of Kew's Big Trees.

Christina has worked with several renowned photographers and selecting that right image that tells a powerful story is an integral part of putting every feature in Kew magazine together.
A keen photographer herself, she delights in the achievements of those who can capture a true magic moment on camera.
Kerry Hendry

Kerry Hendry is an equestrian and portrait photographer based in the heart of the Cotswolds. Kerry also runs her own PR agency, specialising in the photographic industry. Kerry has been involved in promoting IGPOTY for a number of years.

Kerry runs courses for Aspire Photography Training and is also the first female photographer from the UK to be named as a Fuji X-Photographer and brand ambassador.

Tyrone McGlinchey

Tyrone McGlinchey has been Managing Director of one of the World's oldest horticultural image libraries, Garden World Images for nearly a decade. He is a professional garden photographer (PGPA) with over 20 years of experience in the printing industry.

Recently he was elected Vice Chairman of the Garden Media Guild and is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London for the continued contribution to horticultural nomenclature.

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