Amateur photographer Alain Jouno has beaten professional rivals to win the RHS Photographer of the Year, scooping the £2,000 top prize.

Photo: Alain Jouno

Alain described the win as a ‘great honour’.

He added: ‘It’s hard to believe I have won because I am only a modest amateur photographer.

‘I entered the competition to share the beauty of the Botanical Park of Haute Bretagne [in Brittany].

‘I took this image one evening as the mist was rising and the sky was lit by the setting sun.’

Commenting on the Frenchman’s winning shot, Chris Young, editor of The Garden magazine, and one of the judges, said: ‘Alain’s brilliant image is more than the sum of its parts.

‘The serendipity of the sunset, the abstract sculptural forms, the dogs drinking the water and the mist beyond create an incredibly evocative image…

‘This is a well-composed photograph that truly reflects a moment in a garden’s time.’

Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit images across five categories: Plants, Abstracts and Details, Seasons, Celebrating Gardens, and Wildlife.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Catherine Sim, from Glasgow, won RHS Young Photographer of the Year and £500 to spend at Wex Photographic.

Catherine, who plans to pursue a career as a photographer, said: ‘I am so passionate about photography, and getting recognition for something that I love doing is so rewarding and makes all those hours trying to get the perfect shot so worthwhile.’

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Photo: Catherine Sim