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PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2015

Image by Jon Gibbs. Go to www.igpoty.com for more information about International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Image by Jon Gibbs. Go to www.igpoty.com for more information about International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Jon Gibbs

Enjoy award-winning photography in the glorious setting of Sheringham Park at an exhibition hosted by the National Trust, as Jeremy Owen reports.

Experience the beauty of nature captured by the skill of talented photgraphers in the lovely surroundings of Sheringham Park this month when the National Trust hosts an exhibition of winning entries to the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.

Among the pictures on show will be this stunning view of Holkham Bay by Norfolk-based photographer Jon Gibbs, who runs the Saltmarsh Coast Gallery in Wells. Jon’s photo won the Changing Coastlines category of the competition.

A treat for both photography and gardening enthusiasts - and those who appreciate the glorious landscape of this patch of north Norfolk - the exhibition includes stunning images of gardens, nature and wildlife, captured by expert photographers from across the globe, and will be displayed in a specially-created outdoors exhibition area in the tranquil Bower garden.

Some 32 photographs will be on display in the exhibition at Sheringham Park, including the competition’s overall winner, The Ballerinas by Magdalena Wasiczek, of Poland. Magdalena’s stunning image of Hydrangea petiolaris won plaudits from the panel of judges, including Clive Nichols, who comments: “What I particularly like about the shot is the way the photographer has melted the rich purples and oranges of the hydrangea into the out of focus background, creating a delicious melange of colours. The focus on the single delicate hydrangea flower is spot on, creating a striking and unusual winter portrait.”

The exhibition also features winners and runners-up from different categories of the competition, such as Beautiful Gardens and Wildlife in the Garden. Two categories, Breathing Spaces and Changing Coastlines, are sponsored by the National Trust.

In the Changing Coastlines category, which was sponsored by the National Trust and won by Wells’ Jon Gibbs, the Suffolk photographer Justin Minns was also highly commended for his beautiful scene, Sea of Heather.

Malcolm Fisher, National Trust visitor services manager at Sheringham Park, says: “The exhibition fits in really nicely with a visit to the park, as the award-winning photography showcases the best images of plants and wildlife, which is a reflection of what visitors can see here. The international element links nicely to the park as our wild garden features plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world. We are also a popular destination for photographers, who share their pictures on our official Flickr page.”

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful photography for themselves by visiting the exhibition, which is open daily from dawn to dusk, until September 5. The park’s visitor centre, shop and café are open daily from 10am to 5pm.

For more information see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park or call 01263 820550. To share your images of Sheringham Park, search for Sheringham Park NT on www.flickr.com

And remember to share your photographs with EDP Norfolk magazine and our readers. For the chance to appear in our monthly Norfolk gallery pages of readers’ photos of our beautiful countryside, its wildlife, places and people, email your picture to norfolkmagletters@archant.co.uk (at least one megabyte in size please), with 75 words, including where and when you took it, and a head and shoulders photo of yourself.

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