Matin d'hiver embrumé au Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne by Alain Jouno

RHS Photographer of the Year 2014

An evocative image of a foggy winter’s morning in the Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, Brittany has won French photographer Alain Jouno the accolade of RHS Photographer of the Year 2014, together with a £2,000 cash prize and a year's RHS Gift membership. As winner of the ‘Celebrating Gardens’ category, Alain wins a further £500 for his wonderfully atmospheric photograph.

RHS Young Photographer of the Year 2014

Crow in flight by Catherine Sim
Crow in flight by Catherine Sim

The 2014 RHS Young Photographer of the Year is Catherine Sim, for her startlingly simple but dramatic photograph of a crow in flight. As winner also of the 11-17 year old category Catherine secures a total of £650 in vouchers to spend on the Wex Photographic website.

With the competition once more attracting thousands of entries from professional and amateur photographers in six continents, the judges had a tricky job in selecting their choices, but were unanimous in choosing the overall adult winner. RHS judge Chris Young commented: "Alain’s brilliant image is more than the sum of its parts…. [It ] is a well composed photograph that truly reflects a moment in a garden's time."

The judging panel, comprising Clive Nichols and Andrew Lawson, two of the world’s most highly-regarded plant and garden photographers, together with editor of The Garden magazine, Chris Young, were particularly impressed by the extraordinary quality of images entered in the 11-17 year olds category, which made their task of choosing an overall winner even more challenging.

Speaking of Catherine’s dramatic image Chris said: "Some images are evocative; some are artistic; and some stop you in your tracks. This image does all three."

Category winners 2014

Our congratulations also go to the winners of each category, as shown below, together with all those who secured runners-up prizes. Click on the category name to see a slide show of the winning images and the runners-up.

Abstracts & Details: Winner – Gynelle Leon
Celebrating Gardens: Winner – Alain Jouno
Children's Photographer (under 11): Winner – Lara Cresswell
Plants: Winner – Don Rice
Seasons: Winner – Sarah Longes
Wildlife: Winner – Mateusz Piesiak
Young Photographer (11-17): Winner – Catherine Sim


RHS Photographer of the Year £2,000 + a year's RHS Gift Membership
RHS Young Photographer of the Year £500 Wex Photographic vouchers


First prize £500
Second prize £250
Third prize £150

Children's; and Young Photographers

First prize: £150 Wex Photographic vouchers
Second prize: £75 Wex Photographic vouchers
Third prize: £50 Wex Photographic vouchers

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Judging Panel

Clive Nichols

Clive Nichols has established a reputation as one of the world's finest flower and garden photographers. His passion for the subject comes across in every image that he makes. His work has appeared in hundreds of books as well as in countless magazines, calendars and brochures. Over the past 25 years he has amassed a stunning collection of over 60,000 images which are available for reproduction. Clive regularly gives master classes in flower and garden photography for The Royal Horticultural Society and for the past 5 years he has been one of the two main judges for the prestigious 'International Garden Photographer of the Year' awards.

Clive also photographs interiors, travel, architecture and lifestyle, undertaking many prestigious commissions including a calendar of the world's best modern buildings for a Russian Senator, a book about the finest Villa on Lake Como for Condé Nast and a new brochure on the historic BMA House in Tavistock Square, London, for the British Medical Association.

Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson is a garden photographer with an international reputation built up over nearly 30 years. A keen gardener himself, he brings a specialist eye to the photography of plants and gardens. He trained as a painter and his photography was self-taught. Andrew brings to his photography a painter’s appreciation of colour, form and texture, and a meticulous eye for detail.  He has built up a formidable botanical knowledge and works for the leading gardeners and garden owners in Britain. Andrew has contributed to many titles including five books on Highgrove by HRH The Prince of Wales and has illustrated books by such well-known gardeners as Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse and Sir Roy Strong, as well as contemporary garden designers. An author himself, he has written two books published by Frances Lincoln: Performance Plants and The Gardener’s Book of Colour. He holds the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal for Photography and has been named Garden Photographer of the Year by The Garden Writers Guild. 

Married with two daughters, and now grandchildren, he lives in Charlbury, Oxfordshire where his small walled garden, decorated with sculptures by his wife Briony, opens under the National Gardens Scheme. 

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