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New AGS Photographic Competition, 2016 - Winners

Overall Competition Winner 2016.

Overall 2016 AGS Photographic Competition Winner (The best photograph from all classes)

Zeng gang, Sichuan Alpine Ecology Study Centre, P.R. China for Saussurea medusa in Class Three.

Class 1. An alpine or rock plant in a natural (wild) landscape, with both plants and landscape featured.

First: Diane Clement, Wolverhampton, UK.

Senecio halleri.

Hannig, Valais, Switzerland: July 2015.

Second: Harry Jans, AL Loenen, Netherlands.

Aquilegia aurea.

The Seven Rila Lakes, 2350m, Bulgaria: June 2016.

Third: Zeng gang, Sichuan Alpine Ecology Study Centre, P.R. China.

Meconopsis wilsonii ssp wilsonii.

Miianling County, Sichuan Province, China: June 2016.

Highly Commended: John Mitchell, Edinburgh Botanic Garden, Scotland.

Corydalis cf. ledebouriana.

10km south of Torvil Dara in Haz-Rat-Sho Range, Tajikistan: April 2016.

Highly Commended: Harry Jans, AL Loenen, Netherlands.

Nototriche obtusa

Huaraz Pass, Pastoruri, 4660m, Ancash Region, Peru.

Highly Commended: Philippe de Spoelberch, Haacht (Wespelaar) Belgium.

Primula algida.

Ala-Bel Pass, 3100m, Kyrgyzstan: June 2016.

Highly Commended: Harry Jans, Al Loenen, Netherlands.

Primula deorum

Borovets to Yastrbetz, Musala,Rila Mountains,2395m, Bulgaria: June 2016.

Highly Commended: David Morris, Caton, Lancaster, U.K.

Ranunculus amplexicaulis.

Col du Pourtalet, Huesca Province, Aragon, Spain: May 2016.

Highly Commended: Graham Poynter, Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK.

Ranunculus glacialis.

Col de Lana. Dolomites, Italy: July 2014.

Highly Commended: Arne Jakobsen, Støren, Norway.

Silene acaulis.

near Longyeabyen, Svalbard, Norway, Italy: July 2014.

Class 2. Portrait of an alpine or rock plant in the wild. (The entire plant should be featured.)

First: Arne Jakobsen, Støren, Norway.

Leontopodium alpinum.

Monte Spinale, Madonna di Campaglio, Italy: July 2007.

Second: David Morris, Caton, Lancaster, UK.

Monese uniflora.

Hecho Valley, Huesca Province, Aragon, Pyrenees, Spain: May 2016.

Third: Jackie Poynter, Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK.

Cypripedium calceolus.

Corvara, Dolomites, Italy: July 2013.

Highly Commended: Ursula Junker, Oten, Switzerland.

Hepatica nobilis.

Eischoll, Canton of Valais, Switzerland, Italy: April 2015.

Highly Commended: Karen Gregory, London, UK.

Maianthemum bifolium.

Campitello, Dolomites, Italy: June 2016.

Highly Commended: John Dixon, East Leake, Leicestershire, U.K.

Ranunculus glacialis

Col de l'Iseran, 2700m, France: August 2013.

Class 3. Close-up detail of an alpine or rock plant in the wild or in cultivation, with leaves included as appropriate.

First: Zeng gang, Sichuan Alpine Ecology Study Centre, P.R. China. 

Iris sp.

Mianling County, Sichuan Province, China: June 2016.

Second: Tony Duffey, Southport, Merseyside,U.K. 

Pleione 'Tongariro'.

Home Studio: April 2016.

Third: Diane Clement, Wolverhampton, U.K. 

Meconopsis quintuplinervia.

Sichuan Province, China: June 2016.

Highly Commended: Bill Raymond, Iwerne Minster, Blandford, Dorset, U.K. 

Helianthemum sp. - seed case.

In cultivation, Dorset: October 2016.

Highly Commended: Zeng gang, Sichuan Alpine Ecology Study Centre, P.R. China.

Meconopsis wilsonii ssp wilsonii.

Mianling County, Sichuan Province, China: June 2016.

Highly Commended: Rosie Turner, Southport, Lancashire, U.K. 

Ophrys tenthredinifera.

Pido, Picos de Europa, Spain: June 2016.

Highly Commended: Karen Gregory, London, U.K. 

Paris quadrifolia.

Campitello, Dolomites, Italy: June 2016.

Class 4: An alpine plant in cultivation in a garden setting. It can be in your own garden or a garden you have visited.

First: Knut Bjørnstad, Drammen, Norway.

Crocus tommasinianus.

Own garden, Drammen, Norway: 2016.

 

                   

Second: Chris Hansen, Lamplugh, Wokington, Cumbria, U.K.

Edraianthus pumilio.

Own garden, western Cumbria, U.K.: June 2016.

Third: Hilary Birks, Bjørndalstræ, Norway.

Eryngium alpinum.

Schyninge Platte Botanical Garden, Switzerland: September 2016.

Highly Commended: Chris Hansen, Lamplugh, Workington, Cumbria, U.K.

Globularia cordifolia.

Own garden, western Cumbria: June 2016.

Class 5: An alpine garden or part of a garden showing features used to grow alpine plants, suchas troughs, raised beds, crevice gardens, pots, screes, alpine houses and so on.

First: Harry Jans, Al Loenen, Netherlands.

Aethionema grandiflora.

Rock garden of Zdenek Zvolanek, Karlik, Czech Republic: May 2016.

 

Second: Celia Sawyer, Oxford, U.K.

Erinus alpinus.

Own garden, tufa bed, Oxford, U.K.: June 2016.

Third: Harry Jans, AL Loenen, Netherlands.

Crevice garden.

Rock garden of Hana Zikova, Ujezec, Czech Republic: May 2016.

Highly Commended: Diane Clement, Wolverhampton, U.K.

Crevice garden.

Rock garden of Martin Brejnik, Czech Republic: May 2013.

Class 6: Alpine fauna in the wild [in a mountain landscape or in association with alpine plants].                                                       

First: Liam McCaughey, Ballinderry Upper, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Euphorbia hawkmoth caterpillar (Hyles euphorbiae).

Peloponnese, Greece: November, 2016.

Second: Steve Clayton, Soyland, Halifax, Yorkshire, U.K.

Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo).

Les Vigneaux, Ecrin Alps, France: June, 2015.

Third: Steve Clayton, Soyland, Halifax, Yorkshire, U.K.

Chamois and kid (Rupicapra rupicapra).

Vallee de Celse Niere, Ecrin Alps, France: June, 2015.

Highly Commended: David Morris, Caton, Lancaster, U.K.

Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus).

Monfrague National Park, Extremadura, Spain: April, 2012.

Highly Commended: Hilary Birks, Bjørndalstræ, Norway.

Black-winged stilt (Hymantopus hymantopus) - mating dance.

Merke reservoir, Kazakhstan: April, 2016.

Highly Commended: Rosie Turner, Southport, Lancashire, U.K.

White wagtail (Motacilla alba) - feeding youing.

Llanes, Asturias, northern Spain: June, 2016.

Class 7: An alpine landscape.

First: David Morris, Caton, Lancaster, UK.

Early morning from Wrynose Pass, Cumbria, UK: July 2013.

Second: Steve Clayton, Soyland, Halifax, Yorkshire, UK.

View taken from the Col du Lautaret Botanic Garden showing the Glacier du Lautaret with La Meije massif rising above it, France: June 2015.

 

Third: Harry Jans, AL Loenen, Netherlands.

View to Rhone Glacier and Furka Pass, 2160m, Switzerland: August 2016.

Highly Commended: Ursula Junker, Oten, Switzerland.

On Hahnenmoos above Adelboden, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland: January 2016.

Highly Commended: Jackie Poynter, Blandford Forum, Dorset, U.K.

Haystacks near Sexten, Dolomites, Italy: June 2015.

Class 8: ‘The Alpine Gallery’. A quirky, amusing or unusual image featuring alpine plants. Digital manipulation is allowed in this class.

First: Hilary Birks, Bjørndalstræ, Norway.

Eriophorum scheuchzeri.

Beside a tarn on the Sanetsch Pass, Switzerland: September 2016.

Second: Diane Clement, Wolverhampton, UK.

Meconopsis punicea.

Digital manipulation – Meconopsis flowers masked off and a coloured-pencil effect applied to the background: June 2016.

Third: David Morris, Caton, Lancaster, UK.

Galanthus – Big Bucks.

Digital manipulation – original image of Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg' taken in own garden - image overlaid and merged: February 2016.              

 

Highly Commended: Tony Duffey, Southport, Merseyside, U.K.

Tricyrtis 'Empress'.

Photograph taken in home studio and manipulated with Elements 9 and Topaz software: September 2016.