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Garden Photographer of the Year, Collection 01

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS ITS name suggests, Garden Photographer of the Year, Collection 01 is a collection of images from the Garden Photographer of the Year competition. And as you would expect from a competition that aims to place garden photography on a par with wildlife and landscape, they are beautiful.

Of course, the images chosen – and there are over 200 – are the creme de la creme of the entries and include winners in various categories as well as runners-up, finalists and those that merit special commendation – in much the same way as we’ve come to expect from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolios.

And as is usual with books of this nature, the images are grouped into categories, six in total, including Garden Views, Life in the Garden, My Garden, Plant Portraits, Trees and Young Garden Photographer of the Year.

However, be prepared for the unexpected. In Life in the Garden for example, you’ll find stunning images of wildlife, among them a robin, a toad, a wasp, a dragonfly and a ladybird. But you’ll also discover people, as in Rainy Day at Sissinghurst and Radhika and her neighbour, Saroj. And yes, you would be right in thinking the latter was taken in India – in Delhi to be exact. So the range is diverse.

Moreover, every photograph is captioned by the photographer’s personal account of the inspiration behind the image; and, for those of you interested in technique and equipment, the concluding section, aptly entitled Technical Information, will tell you all you need to know.

What more can I say? Only that if gardens bring you pleasure, so too will this beautiful book. You might also be interested to know that the Garden Photographer of the Year competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers of all ages and that entries for 2009 can be submitted until January 31, 2009. For more information, visit the official website