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Andrea Jones wins 'Photographer of the Year' at the Garden Media Guild Awards.

7 January 2019

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AOP Member Andrea Jones has won the Gordon Rae Photographer of The Year award at the Garden Media Guild Awards, the so-called gardening ‘Oscars’. Andrea who lives in Barr near Girvan, was recognised for her portfolio of professional photography published in various national and international media over the last 12 months including images (above) of Dunrobin Castle Gardens and Lip na Cloiche on the Isle of Mull.


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The awards, sponsored by Westland, is one of the biggest events of the horticultural calendar, rivalling the Chelsea Flower Show in its significance for those who tweet, write, blog, photograph and broadcast about gardening, attracting entries from the country’s leading gardening trend-watchers and setters.


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Andrea Jones said: “ I am very honoured to have been presented with the Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year Award by my peers in the Garden Media Guild. It’s possibly the most prized accolade of all in our profession.”

Andrea has photographed gardens professionally for over 20 years and is now one of the world’s leading garden photographers. Her many varied projects have taken her around the globe, working on private commissions, books, magazines and newspaper assignments.


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The winning and shortlisted entries at the awards highlighted some of the gardening trends likely to grow during 2019. No dig gardening, pocket-sized veg patches, the health benefits of wildlife spaces and what to do with unwanted black plastic pots were just some of the key issues being championed.

An explosion in the number of gardening lovers communicating their successes - and failures – across all social platforms has led to a growth in green-fingered, online trend-setters who are sharing their views and advice with an audience of all ages and encouraging them to get out and enjoy the many benefits of gardening, whether they have a window box or a rolling estate!


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Clare Foggett, chair of the Garden Media Guild, said: “It’s fantastic that so many of this year’s winning entries highlight the force for good that gardening can be and across such a diverse range of platforms, from social media and blogs to traditional stalwart TV programmes and long-standing print magazines. The entire world of gardening media is in a wonderful position to make people aware of gardening’s social, environmental and health benefits, and we have a responsibility to do that too.”

View more of Andrea's work here

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