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International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition

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Sunflowers. Picture; Mark Bolton/IGPOTY
Sunflowers. Picture; Mark Bolton/IGPOTY

T&M sponsors new category for ordinary gardeners

Fancy yourself as a garden photographer? I don’t have a snapper’s eye, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed, but now everyone can enter the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition.

Seedsman Thompson & Morgan is collaborating with IGPOTY to sponsor a new award, the Joy of Gardening.

You can enter images of Thompson & Morgan products that you’ve grown and winners will appear at the launch event at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and have their photograph published in the annual IGPOTY book.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Keukenhof Gardens, Holland with IGPOTY managing director, Tyrone McGlinchey.

Artichoke by Jason Ingram/IGPOTY
Artichoke. Picture; Jason Ingram/IGPOTY

Judges will be looking for inspirational photographs that connect people and plants through the joy of growing, and that encourage others to get involved with gardening.

IGPOTY’s manager, Curtis McGlinchey said: “There are so many brilliant and worthwhile parallels between our two businesses that this special award makes perfect sense. For us, it’s all about accessibility and inspiration, as we strive to help people engage with nature on a creative level.

“We hope to introduce more people to the rewards of gardening, highlight the attainability of sustainable living, increase awareness of the natural world and champion the accessibility and effectiveness of photography as an art form.”

Special award

Clare Dixey, Thompson & Morgan’s marketing services manager, said: “We’re excited to offer this new special award in collaboration with IGPOTY.

“As one of the UK’s largest mail-order seed and plant companies, with a long tradition of excellence in gardening and horticulture, we’re always keen to encourage people to garden and to grow. To be able to see fabulous photographs of our plants flourishing in people’s gardens will be a proud moment for us.”

To view the winners’ gallery from last year’s competition, go to https://igpoty.com/igpoty-competition-10/.

To enter, go to https://igpoty.com/competitions/thompson-morgan-joy-of-gardening-2017/.

The closing date for the IGPOTY Thompson & Morgan special award is October 31.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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