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Camera House : Better Pictures 8
Gardens in focus Macro photography is all the rage and one competition is urging photographers around the country to take to their botanical gardens to reveal the hidden treasures within... Launched in 2011, the Gardens in Focus competition proved popular with photographers from around the nation. The first competition attracted a huge volume of entries and culminated with an exhibition of photographers’ work at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. In its second year, the competition has doubled its participants and opened up the arena to accept images taken at botanical gardens from all over the globe. With a prize of $10,000 up for grabs, the calibre of entries is high – witness the pics on this page as proof. The overall winner will be announced in May, but so popular has the event proved, that plans are already underway for a third competition, with entries opening in June. Inspired by the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition in Kew Gardens, the members of the Friends of Botanic Garden have put their own spin on things and developed a competition that really showcases not only the talent of our photographers, but the beauty of the country’s botanic gardens as well. Pam Milthorpe (curator) has been particularly enamored with the standard of entries across the categories (which range from plant images, to garden creatures and vistas). Professionals, amateurs and young photographers have all been encouraged to enter and this year the competition has included an international garden section. “Of course we know a lot of photographers like the macro shot,” admits Pam “but we also want to encourage vistas and showcase how people use their botanic gardens, so we have a number of different categories. “This year we widened the competition, so it is now called Australia and New Zealand Gardens in Focus and we’ve opened up an international category so we have a much wider reach in ■ Amassing of Younglings by Justin Shea ■SapandFlybyRaoulSlater 24 Feature MaCrO PICTUres 024_Bpics8_gardens_v3.indd 24 7/03/12 1:54 PM
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