International Garden Photographer of the Year competition winners
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International Garden Photographer of the Year competition winners

The Ballerinas. Overall winner, and winner of The Beauty of Plants. Photo by Magdalena Wasiczek

Winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, the top prize has gone to Magdalena Wasiczek for her bold use of color and bokeh. She won the overall prize in 2012 for an image called Upside Down of a butterfly on a sweet pea, and has taken the top prize again with a dramatic rendering of a red Hydrangea petiolaris against a heavily defocused background. The Polish photographer has had a great deal of success in this competition in the past, and this year won the Beauty of Plants category as well as the £5000 best in show prize.

The competition, often referred to as IGPOTY, attracted over 20,000 entries from around 30 countries. In its eighth year, the competition produces a book and an exhibition. This year's exhibition opened at London’s Kew Gardens this week and it will remain there until the beginning of April when it will tour the UK throughout the year.

For more information on the competition, to see all the winners and finalists and to see the schedule for the exhibition visit the IGPOTY website.