Sissinghurst Photographic Award

The pink brick of the tower glows brightly in the autumn at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Over the summer Sissinghurst partnered with the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY), to offer a new free-to-enter special award to celebrate the beauty of this world-renowned garden.

Visitors were asked to use photography to capture the enduring beauty of the gardens that were the legacy of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. This historic, poetic refuge is a perfect location for all types of garden and landscape photography including the iconic White Garden. From colourful borders to the Elizabethan tower and lakes beyond, Sissinghurst is a garden dreamscape, awaiting capture.

Early morning reflections in the moat
Early morning reflections in the moat
Early morning reflections in the moat

The winning image (above) was entered by Ingrid Popplewell, after much debate the judges voted for the early morning reflections to be named the winner. The judges had this to say about the competition winner; “Ingrid has beautifully captured this scene by using light, reflection and composition to create balance. The shape of the branch provides the finishing touch.” After being informed that Ingrid had won the competition she commented the below;

" I spent a week staying at The Priest’s House at Sissinghurst in July in order to enjoy the garden in the quiet of dawn and dusk. I am a passionate gardener myself and a keen photographer. Sissinghurst was even more beautiful than I had anticipated and I wanted to capture the magic with my images. "
- Ingrid Popplewell

The top entrants will form part of an exclusive stand alone exhibition at Sissinghurst which is available to view from 25 October 2019 – 2 January 2020 (closed 24&25 December), before IGPOTY returns on 4 January 2020 with the main exhibition (12).