ABERGLASNEY photographer, Nigel McCall, has been recognised in the Beautiful Gardens category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition for his stunning image ‘The Rose Path’ taken in the Gardens.

IGPOTY brings together the best garden, plant, flower and botanical photography from across the world with over 18,000 entries from over 50 countries. The competition started in 2008 and continues to be one of the world’s most respected photography competitions and exhibitions.

The image of Aberglasney’s ‘Rose Path’ taken by Nigel McCall was announced as a finalist in the ‘Beautiful Gardens’ category. Finalist photographs, including Nigel’s, will be shown in various combinations and collections in the competition’s exhibitions which will tour the UK. The exhibition schedule can be seen here: https://igpoty.com/photography-exhibitions/

Aberglasney was made famous by the BBC television series “A Garden Lost in Time” which followed its restoration. Today it is quite simply one of Wales’ finest gardens, and at its heart lies a fully restored Elizabethan Cloister Garden that is the only surviving example of its kind in the UK today. Beyond this, visitors can explore 10 acres of over 20 different garden styles from formal to woodland, right through to exotic and modern along with the fully restored ground floor of Aberglasney’s grade II* listed mansion offer a stunning venue for weddings, exhibitions and events.

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Nigel McCall said, “I am pleased to have been recognised once again in this year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year awards. I take photos of the Gardens for pleasure rather than reward but it is always heart-warming when given accolades for the hobby I enjoy doing so much.”

Nigel McCall’s breath-taking images of Aberglasney Gardens have won several awards from IGPOTY over the years.

A collection of Nigel’s award-winning photographs of the Gardens through the seasons and over the past few years, are currently on display in an Exhibition in Aberglasney’s Mansion House.

Jim Stribling, Director of Operations at Aberglasney said:

“Congratulations to Nigel on this latest recognition of all your work. We are very grateful to him for all the time he puts in to visiting the Gardens and producing these amazing photographs. It’s thanks to Nigel that we’re blessed with a wealth of beautiful images of the Gardens throughout the seasons to share on social media, in this new exhibition and in a book which is set to be published in March.”

Nigel McCall has been a volunteer and member of Aberglasney since 2014. He was the managing director of Towy Works Ltd in Carmarthen before he retired in 2019. Nigel has a great interest in photography and has spent many years documenting Aberglasney’s changing seasons with over 1,700 images of the Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Gwynoro Jones

Former MP for Carmarthenshire, Gwynoro Jones joined the team covering politics in Wales. He has a wealth of experience in politics and has been a regular commentator on radio, TV and in newspapers in Wales. Email: gwynorojones@walesnewsonline.com

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