Budding Woking photographers dominate RHS competition

PUBLISHED: 12:47 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:48 22 January 2014

Colchicums by Genna Vine

Colchicums by Genna Vine


The hunt for the world’s best up-and-coming garden photographer has come to an end as The Royal Horticultural Society names its RHS Young Photographer of the Year - with two budding photographers from Woking standing out in the under-11s category.

Nine-year-old Genna Vine has won first prize for her colourful image of colchicums, beating competition from thousands of entries from across the world and winning £100 in vouchers to spend on the Wex Photographic website.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins chose the winning image from a very strong group of entries.

“This vibrant and colourful picture of a group of fully-opened colchicums demonstrates real skill in the young photographer, as these are tricky flowers to photograph in full sunshine, but she’s succeeded brilliantly,” he says.

Ten-year-old Rebekah Faulkner also from Woking was highly commended for her simple yet vibrant photograph of dahlias entitled Three Flowers.

“The RHS Young Photographer of the Year competition is a great way to encourage young people to get creative whilst exploring the natural world,” says Competition organiser Carol Sheppard.

“The number of entries submitted to the younger categories this year was astounding, whilst the quality and technical competency of the photographs entered made it extremely difficult to choose overall winners”.

Seventeen-year-old Mateusz Piesiak from Poland won the 11-17 category and the overall title, being named RHS Young Photographer of the Year for his stunning image of a starling.

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