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The photographic competition “A Year in Ventnor Botanic Garden” announced in the last ventnorensis is happening from 1 April 2016, the closing date for entries is 31 March 2017.

Photographs for the competition must be taken in Ventnor Botanic Garden, there are four main categories: – Plant portrait, Landscape, Abstract & Wildlife, entries can be in one or more categories and detailed on the Entry Form.

There is also a Young Photographer category for entrants under 17 years old.

Each entry, consisting of three photographs, costs £10, £5 for Members of the Friends.

The competition judges will be Julian Winslow and his photographic partner, Steve Blamire, both successful Island photographers, together with Dr Rachel Flynn who is Exhibition and Collections Coordinator at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, the photography museum and house of the pioneer Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron.

The overall winner and two runners-up in each category will have their images professionally printed, mounted and hung in an exhibition at The Gallery in the Garden.  The Exhibition will be publicised on both in the Garden and Friends’ websites, as well as The Isle of Wight County Press. The images will also, naturally, be featured in future editions of ventnorensis.

In addition the Friends intend to use a selection of the images in a calendar which will be available for sale at The Garden Shop.