Monday 29 October 2012
Josie Elias is crowned RHS Photographer of the Year 2012
Beneath the Olive Tree by Josie Elias
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, announce the winners of the annual RHS Photographic Competition. Out of thousands of entries from around the world, the stunning image of an olive tree surrounded by tulips wins Josie Elias first prize of £1000 and the prestigious title of RHS Photographer of the Year 2012.
James Arnold, the competition organiser, says: “We have had a record number of entries this year, doubling figures from last year. The judges have been astounded by the extraordinary quality of the images which people have produced from all over the world; it’s simply breathtaking and very difficult to choose a winner.”
Chris Young, member of the judging panel and editor of The Garden magazine, says: “Josie's image of the olive tree, underplanted by tulips and set within a picturesque view, is not only a beautifully composed photograph; it also screams warm weather and springtime vibrancy. She has captured so well the spirit of a garden that can be seen at that time of year.”
Josie Elias, RHS Photographer of the Year 2012, says: “We stumbled on the Iris Garden at Plantas Distintas in Marnes, Spain quite by chance. I was particularly intrigued by the contrast of the gnarled old olive tree and colourful spring flowers. I felt I had to capture the scene and was encouraged by the nursery owners to enter the photograph into the RHS competition. I am very excited and honoured to have won.”
For more information and to see the online image gallery, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/photocompetition
Notes to editors
For more information please contact Charlotte Paton on 020 7821 3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All finalists’ images are available to download at www.picselect.com
RHS Photographic Competition - www.rhs.org.uk/photocompetition
Adult Submission Categories
• Plant Portraits
• Abstracts and Details
• Gardens through the Seasons
• Wildlife in the Garden
• People in the Garden
Under-18s Submission Categories
• Young Photographer category (age 11–17)
• Children’s Photographer category (under 11)
RHS Photographer of the Year £1,000
RHS Young Photographer of the Year Digital camera
First prize £350
Second prize £200
Third prize £100
Children and Young Photographers (under 18)
First prize Digital camera
Second prize Photographic vouchers
Third prize Photographic vouchers
Adults 18 and over (non-members) £6 per image
Adults 18 and over (RHS members) £5 per image
Under 18s: FREE
The Medici Cards Award
The Medici Cards Award will be decided from all competition entries, and will be presented to the photographer who submits the image best suited for reproduction as a greetings card.
The image will be published by Medici Cards as a greetings card. The photographer will be credited and will receive 200 copies of his or her card.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk
RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262.