For the first time, Herrenhausen Gardens participated in the international photography competition IGPOTY (International Garden Photographer of the Year). The competition, which is based in England, has been in existence for 13 years and always selects the world's best garden and nature photos at the beginning of February. Herrenhausen was selected last year as Germany partner. In the new category "The Beauty of Herrenhausen Gardens", professional and amateur photographers had until the end of October to submit their pictures. More than 400 photos with motifs from the Herrenhausen Gardens were uploaded to the IGPOTY website.
The winning picture is by Hanover photographer Lars Gerhardts from Göttingen.
He convinced the international jury with a picture from the Georgengarten. “Lars has shown great patience and skill in this rich sunlit scene. There are many elements which give interest, but ultimately the viewer’s eye is cleverly drawn to the human silhouette on the bridge. The sun has been used to enhance the tones of the image without becoming a distraction.”, said lead juror Tyrone McGlinchey at the awards ceremony in Kew Gardens on 7 February. Second and third place went to professional photographers Marc Theis (2nd place) with a picture from the Großer Garten and Stefan Schulze (3rd place) with a picture from the Berggarten. You can see the pictures of the other winners here: winner pictures.
The winning photos from nine main categories (abstract views, beautiful gardens, breathing spaces, greening the city, the beauty of plants,trees, woods & forest, wildflower landscapes, wildlife in the garden and plants & planet) as well as various special awards from European cities, photo projects (black and white, macro art, still life, square crop) and portfolios will be published in the IGPOTY illustrated book, which is distributed worldwide and can be ordered directly from www.igpoty.com.
In addition there are prizes from the Herrenhäuser Gardens: The first prize is an exclusive photo place on the elevated cascade at the International Fireworks Competition. The second and third prize winners can look forward to a photo session in the Großer Garten or the Berggarten before the opening of the garden in the early morning. Annual tickets will be awarded up to the tenth place.
Since 2007, the best garden photos in the world have been awarded prizes in the British Kew Gardens. The organizer has registered over 20,000 entries from around 50 countries. The jury includes renowned garden photographers, garden experts, representatives of Kew Gardens, the media, the National Trust and the Royal Photographic Society. The pictures are subsequently exhibited in Kew Gardens and then in many other English gardens, and now also in other European countries.
Herrenhausen Gardens will be showing the IGPOTY winning photos from the current "Competition 13" competition as an open air exhibition in the Berggarten from November onwards. The best photos from the previous year's "Competition 12" can currently be seen there until 30 April.