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Plants and wildlife celebrated in photography competition
Tanya and Brian Ball's picture of a field of lavender, which won the urban or rural landscape category
IT’S easy to see how some super photographers got themselves in the winning frame in this year’s Basingstoke in Bloom Photography competition.
The focus was on celebrating plants and wildlife in the borough – and the entrants certainly delivered.
The contest was run as part of Basingstoke in Bloom, which was this year, for the first time, organised by a committee of volunteers after Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council announced it would no longer run the event.
Funding support was still provided by the borough council, and Hampshire County Council, and sponsorship came from Wyevale Garden Centre, in Dummer, and Hardy’s Nurseries, in Freefolk.
Sue Teagle was declared the winner in the plant portrait category, for her picture of an allium.
The 67-year-old former Basingstoke College of Technology lecturer said: “I like entering competitions – it’s a bit of a challenge.
“I enjoy photography and I like working with the plants in my garden.”
The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-five, who lives in Overton, was inspired to take a picture of an allium in her garden after it bloomed for the first time in three years.
She said: “I thought I must take some pictures. I followed it for a couple of weeks during its development. I thought it might be slightly unusual to photograph from below looking up. I was delighted to win.”
Andy Lang, from Abbey Road, Popley, Basingstoke, was the winner of the parks/gardens/nature/wildlife category for his picture of a common blue butterfly.
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