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International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition is one of the most prestigious photography contests  and the Overall Winner this year features the above stunning scene from a Japanese Garden.  Australian photographer, Claire Takacs, managed to be in the right place at a wonderful time AND possessed the skills to create a beautiful evocative image.  What is it about trees and snow which combines so perfectly.


Talking of trees, allow me to point you in the direction of Paul Debois.  He has a series of black and white images taken with a pinhole camera in the Portolio Section of the IGPOY competition (click here to view) which I just adore.  Yes, the winning set of shots is beautiful but (in my humble opinion) Debois’ work is more deserving for top spot as it is individual, highly creative and skilful and possesses the ability to move you into another zone.  I have always liked Edward Steichen’s work and it was no surprise to read that Paul Debois’ “Pinhole Impressions” has a dab of Steichen inspiration behind it.


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2 Responses to “International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008”

  1. 1 Michele

    I’m not a pro photographer but the first one looks like something that would be made into a puzzle and the other looks like something that is worthy of being framed and hung on the wall.

    This non-photographer who is still trying to figure out what all those darn settings on my digi are for agrees 100% with your assessment.

  2. 2 Carl

    What was encouraging was the fact that the judges recognised something so different from the usual twee flower portraits or misty garden pictures taken at dawn.

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