Misty Alder Grove
Misty Alder Grove, under the title "The Grove", received "Highly Commended" in the "In
Praise of Plants" category in the 2011 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of
the Year competition, owned by the Natural History Museum, London, and BBC
Wildlife Magazine.  Nearly 41 thousand images were submitted from 95 countries -
108 images were successful.  In addition to the dramatic, backlit-panel exhibition at
the Museum, the show tours worldwide for a year, and the images are published in
the Magazine as well as in a hardbound portfolio.  Misty Alder Grove was also
included in the 2015 hardbound diary published by the Museum.

I had never been much interested in any of the scores of photography competitions
out there; at the time this was the only one I'd entered.  After all, it's a photo contest
every day in the gallery!  But this competition, and especially the gala black-tie
awards dinner, is an experience to be remembered.
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Lava Glow
The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Competition, in association with the Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew, and the Royal Photographic Society has announced the results of the 2013 Competition 6.  Lava Glow
was honored as "finalist" in the  Trees, Woods & Forests category and will be included in the international touring
exhibition as well as in the IGPOTY Collection 6 book.   The contest attracted 18 thousand image entries, of which
around 100 were successful.

This one was gratifying for me - for anyone interested in plants, Kew Gardens is the navel of the universe.  The intrepid
early botanical explorers, such as David Douglas of Douglas-fir fame, sent their newly-discovered plants,  seeds and
cuttings back to Kew for classification, propagation and description.
The 2014 Wildlife Photogapher of the Year competition, the "Oscars" of
nature photography, owned by the Natural History Museum, London,
and BBC Worldwide, attracted nearly 42 thousand entries from 96
April Maidenhair was a finalist in the top 150 images and was
included by the jury in a special selection of 50 photographs, in honor of
the 50th anniversary of the competition, to be featured on the Museum's
website for a global People's Choice vote through the summer of 2014.
After not submitting anything to IGPOTY for a couple of years, I entered a six-image portfolio of trees in my
favorite 9:4 aspect ratio in Competition 9, in 2015-16.  The portfolio, "Spreading Limbs" was awarded "Highly
Commended" and
was included in the Collection 9 hardback book and the touring exhibition which
opened with a champagne reception
in the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens in February, 2016.