Posted/updated March 2017
Celebrating the life of Humphry Repton
The life and work of landscape gardener Humphry Repton is set to be celebrated through a photography competition, launched by the National Trust’s Sheringham Park.
As part of the build-up to 2018 and the 200 year anniversary of the death of Repton, Sheringham Park is joining forces with the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition to search for images taken at places he helped design.
Commissions across the UK
Repton was involved in more than 300 commissions across the country including several in the east of England. As well as Sheringham Park, he was involved in the design of the Holkham Estate, Catton Park and at Bracondale in Norwich. Further afield, the National Trust’s Wimpole in Cambridgeshire, Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, Harewood House in West Yorkshire and Russell Square in London all bear the mark of Humphry Repton.
Sheringham Park, Repton’s favourite work
However it was Sheringham Park that he considered as his most favourite work, stating in the Red Book design for the park: “Sheringham possessed more natural beauty and local advantages than any place I have ever seen”.
Malcolm Fisher, Visitor Services Manager at Sheringham Park is looking forward to seeing the best images from the competition on display in 2018:
I am very much aware how much the Repton views are still enjoyed today here at Sheringham Park, and it will be fascinating to see images from right across the country showing the impact he still has on the landscape 200 years on from his death.”
Tyrone McGlinchey, Managing Director of International Garden Photographer of the Year said:
Making the connection between photography and unique green spaces, whilst encouraging public engagement with the natural world is one of our main objectives. We’re really excited to launch this special award, create these connections and share the beauty of plants and gardens through the lens of a truly great landscape gardener.”
An exhibition of the images from the competition will form a part of the 2018 celebrations and it is hoped the competition will inspire many photographers right across the country to go out and enjoy the work of Humphry Repton. The competition will be launched on the anniversary of Repton’s death 24 March 2017, to enter visit the International Garden Photographer of the Year website.
There are National Trust vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus winning images will also be published in the beautiful annual book of International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition.