Judges

Judges

About the Judges

Head Judge Tyrone McGlinchey said:

"The judges are exposed to hundreds of quality entries during shortlisting, the most difficult part of the judging process is deciding on the final places. Thanks to our new website and democratic voting scoring system it makes these decisions much more balanced and informed."

The judges change every year, but recent judges/speakers include acclaimed industry professionals:


Clive Nichols

Clive Nichols

Clive has photographed many of the world's best gardens, including HRH The Prince of Wales's own private garden in Scotland, Lord Rothschild's private garden in Corfu and Lord Heseltine's private garden in Oxfordshire. His passion for the subject comes across in every image that he makes.

His work has appeared in hundreds of books as well as in countless magazines, calendars and brochures. Clive regularly gives masterclasses in flower and garden photography for The Royal Horticultural Society and now for IGPOTY.

Emma Chandler

Emma Chandler

Emma is RBG Kew’s Digital Engagement Manager, responsible for the Kew Gardens social media channels. Emma loves telling visual stories about Kew and particularly enjoys creating content for Instagram. As part of her role, she gets to see all of the amazing photos shared by visitors to Kew and picks the best of the best to share on social media.

When not at work, she can usually be found either painting plants and flowers, or taking her own photos of them.

Garry Coward-Williams

Garry Coward-Williams

Garry Coward-Williams is the editor of Amateur Gardening, the oldest horticultural magazine in the world. Garry also edited Amateur Photographer for 10 years and prior to his career in publishing, he worked as an advertising photographer.

Benedict Brain

Benedict Brain

Benedict is a photographer and award-winning journalist, he is the former editor of Digital Camera magazine, the UK's best-selling photography magazine (known as Digital Camera World overseas). He now also runs Brain's Foto Guides.

Benedict has been writing and presenting photography how-to articles and videos for the last decade for titles such as; Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus, NPhoto, Practical Photoshop and Professional Photography.

Benedict has also had a vibrant and varied career as a professional photographer from a fine art degree in photography and exhibiting prints to working as a cruise ship photographer, running photography workshops and shooting commercial assignments in Miami.

Chantal Coady OBE

Chantal Coady OBE

Chantal Coady, founder of British chocolatiers and cocoa growers Rococo, started the business after graduating from art school in 1983. Coady has been pivotal in changing the UK chocolate scene, weaning people away from sugary confectionery to single estate dark chocolate. Working with the Grenada Chocolate Company has inspired a radically different approach: Tree to Bar, adding value all the way back to the place where it grows.

Creating a cocoa micro economy, engaging cocoa farmers and village communities who benefit directly from this radical business model, where finished bars of chocolate are transported by sail across the oceans instead of cocoa beans. The first person to be awarded an OBE for “Services to Chocolate Making” by her majesty the Queen in her 2014 Birthday Honours list. Married to James Booth, they live in an empty nest in Vauxhall, London, with an 2.5m cocoa tree in the kitchen, both are keen cooks and gardeners, they look after the community garden in Bonnington Square.

Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

Plantsman, presenter, designer, educator, author, speaker and philanthropist.

Since childhood Chris has immersed himself in a love of plants which has led to a lifelong career dedicated to horticulture.

Fresh, dynamic, passionate and hugely creative, Chris is one of the leading lights in the world of gardening.

Chris runs a highly successful private design and consultancy practice and has been awarded 30 medals, inc:

* 9 RHS Gold Medals & The People's Choice Award at Chelsea Show Garden a record 3 times.
* 5 times winner of RHS Best in Show Award.

Chris Lacey

Chris Lacey

The National Trust's representative.

Chris developed a love of photography at college and later studied a Visual Communication degree at Derby University.

With a wealth of both commercial and editorial experience gained whilst working for various photographic agencies across London, Chris began working for the National Trust in 2003.

Then going on to direct National Trust photography for the past 10 years, commissioning some of the country's leading photographers. Chris also works as a freelance photographer shooting; people, architecture and collections, gardens and landscapes.

Clare Foggett

Clare Foggett

Clare is editor of the Chelsea Magazine Company’s 'The English Garden' and was previously editor of 'Garden News'.

With 11 years experience in gardening magazines, she started her career working for the Royal Horticultural Society’s members’ magazine 'The Garden'
Clare is a keen gardener and trained in horticulture at Pershore College. She has a passion for plants and beautiful gardens and is also Chairman of the Garden Media Guild.

John Humphrey

John Humphrey

The Royal Photographic Society's representative.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He specialises in art and macro photography. John is an experienced speaker and currently presents RPS workshops on Macro Photography, Advanced Photoshop, and Creative Art Photography.

His work has been in many exhibitions including the International Print and Projected Image Exhibitions of the RPS and the London Salon Annual Exhibitions. His book ‘Close-up and Macro Photography’ is published by the Crowood Press.

John believes that good photographs are personal with a clear contribution from the photographer, rather than just being a record of a time or place.

Jürgen Becker

Jürgen Becker

Since finishing study at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, Jürgen has become one of the most renown garden photographers worldwide. His ambition is to show the fascination of gardens and the beauty of plants, to create unique pictures of magic and beauty.

Awarded the Deutscher Gartenbuchpreis (German Garden Book Prize) 2014 for Best Image Book: 'Black Box Gardening' (Ulmer Verlag).

In 2009, 2011 and 2012 was winner of the Garden Media Guild (GMG) award: Features Photographer of the Year. In addition in 2010, 2012 and 2015 was GMG Photographer of the Year.

Tony Kirkham VMH

Tony Kirkham VMH

With his roots firmly in the world of Trees, Tony is Head of Arboretum and Horticultural Services at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he looks after an amazing 14,000 specimens.

Author and Editor of countless publications on trees, Tony is also the Presenter of the acclaimed BBC series, 'Trees that Made Britain'.

With this wealth of experience, he is ideally placed to be our guest judge for the 'Trees, Woods & Forests' category. In 2019, Tony was awarded the highest horticultural honour by the RHS; the Victoria Medal of Honour.

Tyrone McGlinchey FLS FRSA

Tyrone McGlinchey FLS FRSA

Tyrone has been Managing Director of one of the World's longest established horticultural image libraries, Garden World Images for over 17 years, and has run IGPOTY for over 5 years now. He is a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience in the printing industry.

Member of the Garden Media Guild and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, he recently became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.