(Pictured: ?Borage? by Indra Woodward (left) and ?Rosemary? by Theo Harding-Rolls (right))
Indra Woodward, aged eight, from 11th Newham West Scout Group, London and 11-year-old Theo Harding-Rolls from Thomas? Clapham School, London have been named RHS Young Herb Photographers of the Year in a new competition for young people.
The competition was launched by Vitacress, the UK?s largest grower and supplier of fresh herbs for the UK retail market, and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, a nationwide initiative that inspires and supports schools to provide children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost development.
Indra?s image of borage (Borago officinalis), photographed in the Peak District, was chosen by the judges as the winner of the five to ten age category for its detail, clarity and colour. Theo?s photograph of rosemary (Rosmarinus) in the sun and rain was a standout winner in the 11 to 17 age category, owing to the drama of the herb against a dark background balanced by soft raindrops.
In addition to the winners, the judges selected a number of photographs that will be displayed in a special photographic exhibition at the RHS London Botanical Art Show on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February 2016.
The judging panel comprised representatives from Vitacress and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, as well as herb expert and broadcaster Jekka McVicar, chair of the RHS Herb Group Lady Bacon and Garden Media Guild photographer of the year 2014 Jason Ingram.