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Aberglasney ‘May Morning’ photograph rewarded in International Garden Photographer of the year competition

May Morning by Nigel McCall

Aberglasney is delighted to announce its photographer, Nigel McCall, has been recognised in the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) competition for his stunning image ‘May Morning’ taken in Aberglasney’s Upper Walled Garden.

IGPOTY brings together the best garden, plant, flower and botanical photography from across the world with over 20,000 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.

Nigel’s image of Aberglasney during a misty ‘May Morning’ was announced as Highly Commended in the ‘Beautiful Gardens’ category. His breath-taking images have won a staggering 18 awards from IGPOTY over the last eight years. Awards include three first places, one third place, six finalist, five highly commended and three commended places.

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 rewards but it is always heart-warming when given accolades for the hobby I enjoy doing so much.”

A collection of Nigel’s award-winning photographs of Aberglasney Gardens through the seasons and over the past few years, are currently on display in an exhibition in the Mansion. A book of Nigel’s images entitled ‘Aberglasney Gardens – a calendar year’ is available to purchase in the giftshop alongside jigsaws and postcards using some of his award-winning images.

Jim Stribling, Director of Operations at Aberglasney said, “Congratulations to Nigel on this latest recognition of his hard work and dedication. We are very grateful to him for all the time he puts in to visiting Aberglasney and producing such amazing photographs. It’s thanks to Nigel that we’re blessed with a wealth of beautiful images of the gardens throughout the seasons.”

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 2020. Nigel has a great interest in photography and has spent many years documenting Aberglasney’s changing seasons with over 2,000 images of the Gardens.