Winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition for 2023 have been announced, with Tony North from Manchester taking the title of Overall Winner for his photo in the category Breathing Spaces.

Blue Tajinaste by Tony North
Blue Tajinaste captures Echium thyrsiflorum, which is endemic to the mountains of La Palma. © Tony North

The head judge of the competition said of the image "Tony has literally elevated the Breathing Spaces category to new heights, by photographing endemic mountain-top flora with a breathtaking landscape view - well framed to include many points of interest."

Tony North said "I am incredibly thrilled and honoured to be chosen as the overall winner of International Garden Photographer of the Year. This is a dream come true for me". He will receive £5000 and his photograph will feature at the flagship exhibition at Kew Gardens, which opens to the public on 4 February 2023 and runs until 5 March.

Discover all of the winning images below

Categories this year included Wildflower Landscapes, Wildlife in the Garden, The World of Fungi and The Beauty of Plants. In the Beautiful Gardens category, regular Gardens Illustrated contributor Richard Bloom was a finalist for his image Spring in Hermannshof.

Hermannshof Garden, Germany.International Garden Photographer of the Year finalist - Richard Bloom
Spring at Hermannshof © Richard Bloom

In the Portfolios category, Barry Webb placed first for his set of six images titles Slime Mould Biodiversity.

This is run as a stand-alone competition in association with The Royal Photographic Society. Barry will receive £1500. Every image in the portfolio has used focus stacking, to show the fruiting bodies of the slime moulds, which include; Arcyria cinerea, Comatricha nigra, Metatrichia floriformis (mature), Trichia botrytis, Physarum sp., and Metatrichia floriformis (immature).


Competition was fierce this year, and among other finalists, we loved these photographs:


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