We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Photographic Competition “Spring at Hill Close Gardens” as Nav Kukadia, who will receive a cheque for £50 for the image of  a plant barrow with extensive garden scene behind. This entry was judged to have “a really strong composition with the trees framing the scene and the barrow in the foreground providing a good horizontal contrast. The photo has a very definite sense of place”.

Second place went to Edward Sawley’s image of Lot 11: particularly praised for having  “plenty of visual interest with the open space in the centre drawing the eye into the composition. The spring flowers around the lower part of the picture fulfil the remit of showing Hill Close Gardens in their springtime glory as per the competition brief.” However, one judge criticised the out-of-focus and intrusive post in the lower right hand corner.

Third prize was held jointly by Hazel Clarke – a “very well balanced general view of the gardens in spring, taken from a carefully chosen viewpoint and is technically good regarding exposure, focus etc.  It fits the brief of the competition very well”

– and Margaret Jewel-Quirk’s picture of a cat – “who doesn’t like a cat?”

Entry to our inaugural competition was slightly disappointing, with only 9 entrants offering 27 images and few members taking part. It is hoped that next year will see more interest. However, the competition has helped raise the profile of the Trust, receiving a large number of hits on Facebook.

Many thanks to Rosemary Jewel-Clark and Hill Close Gardens for all their help in organizing the event and to the judges, Paul Baker (WGT), Richard Hayward (HCGT) and Keith Roberts (guest photographer).

For all entries click here