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Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 1 (Photography) Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 May 2008
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Full of vibrant stunning images that burst off the page, this fabulous book showcases the very best entries from the first International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.Gardening is a hugely popular hobby all over the world and this brand new competition brilliantly captures international gardens, both large and small in their glory. With a total prize fund of GBP 25,000, including a top prize of GBP 5,000 for Best Single Image, AA Publishing are supporting this prestigious award and launching a glorious, inspirational book to go with it.The top 100 winning and commended photographs will be showcased in a purpose-built outdoor exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from May to September, and the competition is set to become a desirable annual event for photographers of all ages to come. The full-colour book of best entries will display the most breathtaking pictures from young and old, amateur and professional photographers alike. Its beautiful, cutting edge design will excite gardeners, who will be inspired by the ideas, and photographers, who will appreciate the photographic techniques.
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It's absolutely the case that there are lots of photographs in this book which are very good. A few are in the "take your breath away" category.
However, there are also a few photos that had me puzzling about why they were included in the book, and why indeed they got a "commended" or better award. My doubts about these are mainly because they have basic problems with composition and/or leave me with a "so what?" impression.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some people may like photos that I dislike.
On balance, because there are so many really very good photographs, I think it's worth four stars.
The book was even more enjoyable than seeing the actual exhibition!
Well worth the money at £12.50.
While some of the photographs clearly require a degree of knowledge about photography or special lens or other photographic equipment, there are just as many that could have been taken using a basic camera and with little expertise, and it is this combination that makes this collection so appealing, demonstrating that what really matters on the part of the photographer is recognising the potential for a good shot.
With photographs taken under almost all circumstances, and ranging from macro shots to wide vistas, this is an inspirational collection.
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