2014 Garden Photo Contest Winners

Thousands of professional and amateur photographers entered Horticulture’s 2014 Garden Photo Contest. The final winners in each category were selected by Rob Cardillo, a leading garden photographer. His comments appear alongside each winning picture. Thank you to all who participated in this competition.

↓GRAND PRIZE
“Humming Above My Head”
Derek Galon, British Columbia, Canada
The unusual perspective and the sensuously blurred wings make for an unforgettable view of a hummingbird.

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEAUTY IN THE DETAILS
↓FIRST
“Poppy”
Jun Evans, Christchurch, New Zealand
The sidelight reveals the hairy-fisted texture of these poppy buds in this dynamically structured photo. The just-bursting petals put it over the top.

BD1

 

 

 

 

 

 

↓SECOND
“Cape Sun Dew”
Seny Norasingh, North Carolina, USA
Strong backlighting, expressive gestures and the echoing shapes in this sundew closeup are all marvelous.

BD2

 

 

 

 

 

 

↓THIRD
“Splash of Blue”
Adelino A. Tabangin, Baguio City, Phillipines
The graceful stance of this just-opened allium is well captured with precise focus and a wide-open lens.

BD3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY GARDENS
FIRST
“Entwined Arms”
Piotr Belcyr, Szczecin, Poland
Fog-enshrouded winter trees are always an evocative subject. The addition of a human figure lends scale and interest.

CG1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“Daisies in Chicago”
Mary Durden, Florida, USA
Good camera control and the careful placement of the foreground flowers yield a striking contrast between meadow and skyline.

CG2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“Garden Getaway on the Hudson River”
Rebekah Ford, New Jersey, USA
The cross-shaped juxtaposition of iris and bridge make for a strong composition.
CG3

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARDENS OF THE SOUTH
FIRST
“Botanical Garden”
Warrena J. Barnerd, Kentucky, USA
Classically curved, this river of daylilies sweeps you to a pleasant destination.
GS1

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“A Resting Place”
Lana Gramlich, Louisiana, USA
The delightful play of light on vine-embraced walls brings a welcoming walkway to life.
GS2

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“Tulip Garden”
Albert Pasquarelli, Pennsylvania, USA
Out-of-focus water drops add motion and excitement to this sun-filled spring landscape.
GS3

 

 

 

 

 

NATURE’S BOUNTY
FIRST
“Afternoon Acerage”
Stephanie Ross, British Columbia, Canada
This fully arched rainbow contrasts beautifully against the subdued winter landscape.
NB1

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“Street in the Garden”
Kusnadi, West Java, Indonesia
Wonderful contrasting shapes, strong leading lines and exquisite lighting make this image a winner.
NB2

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“Poppies Surround”
Paul Brewer, Dorset, England
Classically framed and perfectly timed, this view of sun-worshiping poppies is engaging.
NB3

 

 

 

 

 

SMALL SPACE GARDENS
FIRST
“Transformed Drive”
Paul Holliday, Manchester, England
The telephoto view dramatically compresses and exaggerates this flower-jammed front yard.
SS1

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“Wheelbarrow’s Empire”
Diana Zoll, Leipzig, Germany 
The out-of-focus foreground, great side lighting and partially hidden subject add a lot of interest to this casual landscape.
SS2

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“Kitchen Potager”
Nadine Pearson, Washington, USA
The brightly lit background provides just the right amount of relief to this perfect rendering of a perfect garden.
SS3

 

 

 

 

 

THE GARDEN LANDSCAPE
FIRST
“Stars on Earth and Sky”
Gabor Takacs, Hungary
A well-executed and startling view of the cosmos anchored by a field of flowers.
GL1

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“Like a Stained Glass”
Derek Galon, British Columbia, Canada
Rich colors and strong composition elevate this photo of an often cliché subject.
GL2

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“Chinese Garden”
Kirsten Quist, Alberta, Canada
The partially hidden lanterns invoke mystery and depth to an intriguing light-filled landscape.
GL3

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILDLIFE IN THE GARDEN
FIRST
“The Unknown Insect”
Chris Minihane, Virginia, USA
The perfect balance of front and back lighting illuminate an otherworldly translucent katydid.
WG1

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND
“Trying Hard”
Alland Dharmawan, East Java, Indonesia
As the ant hangs by a thread (or in this case an antenna), its determination is palpable. The razor-sharp focus of the body and the slight blur of the appendages add to the drama.
WG2

 

 

 

 

 

THIRD
“I Have a Dream”
Minghui Yuan, China
This fantastic gesture demands a dozen funny captions! Focus and lighting are just where they should be.

WG3

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