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17 stunning images as International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition opens at Cambridge University Botanic Garden




A series of stunning photographs featuring gardens, plants and flowers has opened this week in Cambridge. And it is available to visit in the real world.

Jacky Parker's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922550)
Jacky Parker's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922550)

As the country takes tentative steps away from lockdown, more of the city’s attractions are opening again to visitors, including Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

And treats await those who book ahead for entry – not only do you get to see the garden bursting with blooms, but also a world-class photography exhibition supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Anne Newland's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922507)
Anne Newland's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922507)

The International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition opened on Tuesday (July 7) and visitors can enjoy the works outside in the fresh air – no internet connection required.

The exhibition, which features pictures from both amateurs and professionals, is regarded as the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant and flower photography.

Rebecca Nex's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37923096)
Rebecca Nex's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37923096)

Prof Beverley Glover, director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, said: “We are aware that with many exhibitions moving to online platforms during lockdown, that it has been difficult for people to get up, close and personal to art during the past few months.

“So we’re really thrilled to be able to bring the International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition to the botanic garden earlier than usual.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy these stunning winning pictures, outside, in the fresh air, surrounded by the beauty and plants of the botanic garden.

Jacky Parker's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922538)
Jacky Parker's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (37922538)

“We really hope they will come and enjoy this added dimension to the garden.”

The photographs, which are on display near the rose garden and grass maze, are from nine main categories, including ‘The Beauty of Plants’, ‘Beautiful Gardens’ and ‘Abstract Views’.

There is no extra charge to view the exhibition, but tickets to the garden must be pre-booked as part of its social distancing rules and measures that have been taken to keep people safe.

Other changes include queue management systems, regular hand sanitation stations and one-way systems.

Tickets are released each Thursday for the week ahead. For opening times and prices, visit botanic.cam.ac.uk/purchase-tickets.

Nigel McCall's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest(38283750)
Nigel McCall's entry in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest(38283750)

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