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2022 RHS Photographic Competition Winners Announced

  • The annual photography competition returns with an exciting array of entries celebrating plants and wildlife from across the globe.
  • Photographs are judged on their technical quality, impact, creativity, composition and how well they fit the category brief.
  • Category winners will be displayed at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show at Saatchi gallery this April.

Following almost 10,000 submissions the winners of the 2022 RHS Photographic competition have been selected, with entries exploring a variety of themes and concepts across nine categories. The annual competition hopes to inspire all-ages to explore photography, regardless of experience and take a creative look at their local plants and wildlife. With gardening increasing in popularity and environmental issues taking centre stage in all our lives, learning to embrace and find beauty in our local environments becomes ever more relevant.

Richard Bloom, award-winning photographer and competition judge said: ‘This year’s competition has seen an incredibly diverse and outstanding range of imagery from deeply considered intricate and labour intensive images to instinctive decisive moment captures and everything in between. There are many beautiful, clever and highly creative photographs, some strange and unusual and some surprisingly moving.’

Sanjay Jani’s ‘Saffron Sunset’ photograph wins for both the Plants Category and Overall Adult winner, capturing crocuses growing alongside a concrete office wall in Iowa, USA. As we increasingly understand how closely plants and natural environments can intertwine with urban life, the image is a celebration of the persistence of plant-life in unexpected places.

Tom Howard, competition judge and editor of The Garden magazine: ‘Sanjay Jani’s winning image in the Plant category stopped us all in our tracks. It’s simple, but extremely well executed, and the photographer perfectly captures those very early days of spring we all long for at a certain time of year.’

Winning Overall Young Winner, Alex Chapman’s mind-bending photograph ‘World’s Colliding’, features a pond reflection captured at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex, blending the surface and water environments in a scene reminiscent of MC Escher’s ‘Three Worlds’ series. Taken with an iPhone XR, Alex’s work proves that beautiful photography can be captured even without high-tech equipment.

Nicola Stocken, photographer, garden writer and competition judge: ‘There were so many excellent entries in the Under 18s and Under 11s categories which was particularly encouraging. Alex Chapman, the Overall Young Winner’s image, immediately jumped out for a rare spontaneity, a real conversation piece: was it serendipity or the result of patience and planning?’

Other highlights from the winning categories include Marek Mierzejewski’s stunning macro photography of Equisetum arvense, captured near Gdansk, Poland and Sara Bishop’s beautiful summer meadows photo taken at Bury St Edmunds for the Social Media Category.

The category winners will be available to view at the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show 2022 at Saatchi Gallery, open from 9th-29th April, or online at rhs.org.uk/photocomp.
 

Notes to editors

Images of the category winners can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-gtz9qUtTVm

For further information, images and caption sheets please contact the RHS Press Office [email protected]

For a full list of winners and commendations please see: https://www.rhs.org.uk/promotions/rhs-photo-competition

Winning Entries List RHS Photographic Competition 2022
Overall Adult Winner - Sanjay Jani, Saffron Sunset, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Overall Young Winner – Alex Chapman, Worlds Colliding, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

Gardens
  • 1st – Andrea Jones, Illuminating the past and present, Madresfield Court, Worcestershire
  • 2nd – Grace (Mengwei) Guo, Morning Light Over Delos, Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent
  • 3rd – Marianne Majerus, Around the Judas Tree, Hermannshof, Weinheim, Germany
Welcoming Wildlife
  • 1st – Weinong Duan, Spreading wings, Yangquan City, Shanxi Province, China
  • 2nd – Peter Smith, Starling Feeding Young, Home garden
  • 3rd – Juan Carlos Pinto, The Sacred Portal, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
Plants
  • 1st – Sanjay Jani, Saffron Sunset, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
  • 2nd – Luis Lyons, Millnary Plants, Tehuacán, Puebla, México
  • 3rd - António Bernardino Coelho, Small Amanitas Family, Recarei, Portugal
Macro
  • 1st – Marek Mierzejewski, Green stars (Equisetum arvense, the field horsetail), Gdansk, Poland
  • 2nd – Ian Gilmour, Dandelion Detail (Taraxacum officinale), Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
  • 3rd – Ian Gilmour, Nasturtium Seed pods (Tropaeolum majus), Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Creative
  • 1st – Md Asker Ibne Firoz, Bat in Action!, Ramna Park, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2nd – Natalie Hemkes, Nocturnal Meadow, Buckinghamshire
  • 3rd – Denise Bernon, Macleaua cordata, Sussex
Indoor Gardening
  • 1st – Kam Hong Leung, A Labour of Love, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • 2nd – Seungmin Woo, Calm Calanthe, Sejong National Arboretum, Korea Arboreta and Gardens Institute (KOAGI), South Korea
  • 3rd – Joe Nunez-Mino, Shelter, Stratford, East London
Social Media
  • 1st – Sara Bishop, Urban Summer Meadow, Abbey Gardensm Bury St Edmunds
  • 2nd – Janice Dyson, Nature’s Jewels, Wingerworth, Derbyshire
  • 3rd – Molly Hollman, Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly on Helianthemum flowers, Doddington Place Gardens, Kent, England
Under 18s
  • 1st – Lucie Havelange, Aerial Beauty, Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • 2nd – Thomas Easterbrook, Pausing to Feed, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
  • 3rd – Toby Winnifrith, Through the Heather at Sunset, Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor
Under 11s
  • 1st – Alex Chapman, Worlds Colliding, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
  • 2nd – Morgan Berry, Bee The Change to Enrich Our World, Weybridge
  • 3rd – Maria Mcdomic, Sunny Crocuses, Oxhey Park, Watford, Hertfordshire
 
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