Photography Competition 2013 Winners

In Association with The Scotsman

This year’s competition raised £732 for RBGE’s Small Project Fund and entries were of an exceptionally high standard, so congratulations to everyone who participated. The judges, everyone in the Membership Office and the RBGE Friends Committee, who organised and ran the competition, would like to thank everyone who entered the competition.

Overall winner Alan Pyke explained: “There's always something that catches the imagination no matter the season,” he said. “I'm drawn to speckled light. So, when I saw a leaf back-lit by a ray of sunlight, I walked over. There was an ant running across it and the little silhouette stood out against the vivid back-lit colours.”

James Ratchford took his prize-winning Wildlife in the Garden picture in Edinburgh’s Demonstration Garden. “It was impossible not to notice the lively insects buzzing around the wildflowers and I spent some time waiting for them to rest long enough to get a focused picture. There are so many things that I love about the Gardens, the quiet and calm atmosphere seems so far from the city.” 

The winning photographs appeared in the Scotsman newspaper on Monday 16 September 2013 and will also appear in the Winter edition of the Botanics magazine which is delivered free to Friends, Companions and Patrons of the Botanics.

Andy O’Brien, Picture Editor at The Scotsman, will present the winners with their prizes at an award ceremony which will be followed by a lecture from Chris Minty from the RBGE's Centre for Middle Eastern Plants.

Details of the event can be found here

The winning photographs will be on show in the RBGE Library Foyer, weekdays from November 5 to December 2. Next year it will travel to the Regionals at Dawyck, Logan, in Dumfries & Galloway and Benmore, near Dunoon, in Argyll.

The Winners

Overall winner                

Alan Pyke 

Garden View

1st prize                               Alan McNair

2nd prize                             Stuart Baillie

Highly commended           Colin Walder and Gavin Harris

Abstract category

1st prize                               Alan McNair

2nd prize                             Alexandra McOrist

Highly commended           Alan Pyke

Plant portrait

1st prize                               Alexandra McOrist

2nd prize                             Greg Milne

Highly commended           Katrina walker and Sarah White

Wildlife category

1st prize                               James Ratchford

2nd prize                             Sarah White

Highly commended           Alan Robertson and Frank Murrell

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Overall winner of the 2013 Photography Competition by Alan Pyke

1st Prize in Garden View Category – Alan McNair

1st Prize in the Abstract Category – Alan McNair

1st Prize in the Plant Portrait Section – Alexandra McOrist


 1st Prize in the Wildlife Category – James Ratchford

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