Winners of the 2018 International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are revealed. The IGPOTY competition is one of the world’s premier botanical photography exhibitions, which runs in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. The contest has previously seen winning images from Croatia, China, The Netherlands, Slovakia, USA, Spain, Russia, Ireland and the UK. The winner of this year’s prize is Goričan, Croatia-based professional photographer Petar Sabol, with his close-up study of a Mayflies.

Macro Art Photo Project winners:

1st place – Mayflies by Petar Sabol

Mayflies by Petar Sabol
Location: Goričan, Croatia

2nd place – Salad Burnet Flower by Ian Gilmour

Salad Burnet Flower by Ian Gilmour


Location: West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

3rd place – Unfurling by Ashley Moore

Unfurling by Ashley Moore
Location: Kings Canyon National Park, California, United States

Finalist – Bodhi Leaf by Lotte Gronkjaer-Funch

Bodhi Leaf by Lotte Gronkjaer-Funch
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Finalist – Common Spotted Orchid by Nigel Burkitt

Common Spotted Orchid by Nigel Burkitt
Location: Berkshire, England, United Kingdom

Finalist – Anemone de Caen by Jacky Parker

Anemone de Caen by Jacky Parker
Location: Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

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Finalist – Jumping Spider by Richard Kubica

Jumping Spider by Richard Kubica
Location: Myjava, Slovakia

Highly Commended – Mother by Rob Blanken

Mother by Rob Blanken
Location: Veenwouden, Netherlands

Highly Commended – Photonic Bliss V by Petar Sabol

Photonic Bliss V by Petar Sabol
Location: Palovec, Croatia

Highly Commended – Green Apple by Zhang Lihua

Green Apple by Zhang Lihua
Location: East Lake, Wuhan City, China

Highly Commended – On Fire by Claudia de Jong

On Fire by Claudia de Jong
Location: Lapland, Finland

Highly Commended – Astrantia Major by Jacky Parker

Astrantia Major by Jacky Parker
Location: Hampshire, England, United Kingdom

Commended – Miró’s Garden by Elizabeth Kazda

Miró's Garden by Elizabeth Kazda
Location: Wisconsin, United States

Commended – Poppy by Jane Dibnah

Poppy by Jane Dibnah
Location: Shropshire, England, United Kingdom

Commended – Dancing Matches by Aleksander Ivanov

Dancing Matches by Aleksander Ivanov
Location: Kronshtadt, Russia

Commended – It’s a Small World by Trui Heinhuis

It’s a Small World by Trui Heinhuis
Location: Wildflower Meadow, Spain

Commended – Heaven by Petar Sabol

Heaven by Petar Sabol
Location: Goričan, Croatia

Commended – Frozen Sphagnum by Tina Claffey

Frozen Sphagnum by Tina Claffey
Location: County Offaly, Leinster, Ireland

More info: IGPOTY