Posted/updated October 2018

International Photographer of the Year exhibition arrives at Sheringham Park

The Last Rays of Sun by Simon Lea

The Last Rays of Sun by Simon Lea

The ever popular International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the National Trust’s Sheringham Park and this year it will feature images from a special category, celebrating the great landscape designer, Humphry Repton.

Located in the tranquil surroundings of the Bower Garden, over 40 images featuring plants from across the globe; link nicely with the garden at Sheringham, which also has worldwide interest.

This year, as part of the Humphry Repton bicentenary celebrations, images of landscapes he designed over 200 years ago will feature for the first time. The winning entry in this category was taken by Simon Lea at Warley Woods in the West Midlands. Sheringham Park, which Repton himself declared his most favourite work, features amongst the finalists.

Curtis McGlinchey, from International Garden Photographer of the Year said; ‘We’re extremely excited to be returning to Sheringham Park in 2018, as we work together to celebrate the value of gardens, plants and green spaces, not just on an international level but also much closer to home. This year sees the winners of our collaborative Humphry Repton special award exhibited for the first time. Sheringham Park is often cited as Repton’s most favourite work so this makes for a rather special and meaningful exhibition that is intimately linked to the host venue.’

'Cerrado Sunrise' by Marcio Cabral

‘Cerrado Sunrise’ by Marcio Cabral

Overall winner this year was Marcio Cabralin, who got up early to capture his image of an endemic South American plant in Brazil, lit up by the rising sun.

'Thornham Dawn' by Chris HerringThe exhibition also includes the ‘Breathing Spaces’ category, sponsored by the National Trust. This year it was won by Andrea Pozzi for her picture taken of the Yukon Territory in Canada. Runners-up included Chris Herring, for his image of Thornham in Norfolk.

Malcolm Fisher, Visitor Experience Manager at Sheringham Park revealed: ‘Many of the plants at Sheringham Park were brought to our shores by the plant hunter Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson, so it’s fitting that this exhibition also showcases plants from all corners of the world. We’re so excited to see the Repton category on display, as a great artist himself, I’m sure Repton would have been pleased to see his work captured in this way.’

The Repton celebrations continue over the first two weekends in November, when a stunning light display will illuminate Repton’s design for Sheringham Park. Tickets are now on sale at

International Garden Photographer of the Year is a free exhibition, which will be open at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park from Saturday 1 September – 28 October, dawn to dusk.


Sheringham Park (National Trust Images - Justin Minns

Sheringham Park (National Trust Images – Justin Minns