The ‘Essence of Summer’ Photographic Competition, the judges

The judges line-up!

The Essence of Summer Photography Competition in association with Savills

Essence of SummerWe can finally say that the British summer has arrived, the roses and sweet peas are out in force and we’ve even spotted the odd sun parasol out and about in the gardens! With all this sunshine shining down on us we are pleased to announce that entries for our Essence of Summer Photography Competition have been flooding in!

We’ve put together an excellent panel of Judges to decide which of your photos captures the essence of summer the best, and we thought you might like to know a little more about who we’ve appointed for that mighty task.

David Austin Snr.

David Austin is the creator of the English Roses that have achieved international recognition for their beauty, charm and fragrance. He has been breeding roses for nearly 70 years since the age of 20 and is still active at the nursery devoting most of his time to developing new roses. He owns one of the world’s leading rose nurseries and the breeding programme is one of the world’s largest. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of honour by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture as well as an OBE in 2007.

Michael Marriott

After graduating in Agricultural Botany at Reading University in 1976 and working for a short time in research in plant pathology, Michael Marriott went to the Pacific region working on rubber, cocoa and oil palm estates. He started working with roses in 1984 on his return to the UK, joining David Austin Roses in 1985 firstly as nursery manager and then as technical director giving advice, drawing up rose garden plans, writing, lecturing and generally promoting the nursery and David Austin’s English Roses around the world. He has been a passionate gardener and plants person from an early age and with his partner Rosie has a half acre garden that is treated organically.

Jason Ingram

Jason Ingram is an award winning photographer based in Bristol in the UK. He studied photography at Salisbury College of Art and graduated in 1992. After several years assisting and a period working as a photographic hand printer he launched his freelance career .In 2008 he was awarded Landscape Photographer of the year for “Living the View” category. He has won Garden Photographer of the Year for 2013 and 2014. He now works with some of the UK’s top magazine titles and agencies photographing Gardens, Plants, Food and People.

James Alexander-Sinclair

James Alexander-Sinclair has a regular column in Gardeners World magazine and has also written for and contributed to Gardens Illustrated, RHS The Garden, Countryfile and House and Garden. He has been part of the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show since 2008 and was recently a judge for the new BBC2 series ‘The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge’. As well as being an elected member of the RHS Council, he is an accredited Gardens judge for the Royal Horticultural Society (judging at all the RHS Flower Shows) and is Chairman of the RHS Gardens Committee.

Rupert Uloth

Rupert Uloth served with the Life Guards in Cyprus and Germany and after leaving the Army he completed a post graduate course in periodical journalism at the London College of Printing. He joined Country Life Magazine in 1994 and was appointed assistant editor in 1998. In 2002, he became features and travel editor, and deputy editor in 2008. Richard Uloth is also the author of ‘Excellence In Action: Portrait of the Guards’ published in 2007.

Dawn Isaac

Dawn Isaac is an RHS Chelsea medal-winning garden designer and a member of the Society of Garden Designers with a speciality in designing family, school and pre-school gardens. She has published three books: ‘Garden Crafts for Children’, ‘101 Things For Kids to Do Outside’ and ‘101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day’ which is due out in October 2015. She also writes about garden design and children’s gardening for a range of publications including the Guardian and Telegraph. In addition she run design courses at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as well as giving talks and running children’s gardening sessions at a range of events which have included BBC Gardeners’ World Live, the Ideal Home Show and Grow London.

Andrew Harle

Andrew Harle is the senior partner at Savills. He formerly held the position of managing partner and has overseen the firm’s rapid growth in turnover, staff and offices. He will be judging The Savills ‘Countryside at Work’ category – An image of rural life showing craftsmanship, work or skills.