Monday 29 October 2012
Alex Berryman wins international competition with Juvenile Robin
Juvenile Robin, by Alex Berryman, RHS Young Photographer of the Year 2012
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s leading gardening charity, awards the RHS Young Photographer of the Year 2012 title to the talented Alex Berryman, out of thousands of entries from under-18s across the world.
James Arnold, the competition organiser, says: “The judges have been astounded by the extraordinary quality of images which both categories, under-11s and 11–17 year-olds, have produced. It was very difficult to choose a winner, but Alex’s sharp wildlife study of a young robin, beak wide open and with fantastic texture of youthful feathers, stood out as the winner.”
Alex Berryman, aged 15, says: “I was lucky enough to have a pair of robins nesting in my garden and happened to be outside with my camera at the moment they fledged. The birds were unable to fly and were extremely vulnerable. Eventually one hopped up onto a post, and I began to snap away. The bird was constantly calling for its mother and this is what enabled me to get the shot. Sometimes the best wildlife can be found right on our doorsteps.
“I am extremely pleased to have won the competition, and even more so to have won it with one of my favourite photographs.”
Keen gardeners and kids' TV presenters Dick and Dom joined the RHS panel of judges and have supported the competition this year to encourage more young people to get creative outdoors. Dom says: “The competition is a great opportunity for young people to get outside and explore nature, while doing something creative. Well done to Alex, he really has done a smashing job.”
For more information and to see the online image gallery, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/photocompetition
Notes to editors
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All finalists’ images are available to download at www.picselect.com
RHS Photographic Competition
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.