Last month we asked our supporters to send in inspiring images, competing to be included in a new Thrive calendar, with photos to represent every month from January to December 2022. Entries could be related to gardening, garden views or plants and people. We were not disappointed! With nearly 70 entries, we were spoilt for choice.
Luckily we assembled a fantastic panel of judges to take on the challenge of whittling down the entries and choosing our winners. The judges included garden designer, author and TV gardening presenter Mark Lane, Client gardener and Thrive ambassador, Carly Field, Thrive ambassador and volunteer Hilary Manisty, and our very own Learning and Technology Officer and photographer, Freddie Watson Stubbs.
Carly was head judge on the day with the final say on the overall winner - claimant of the top prize - the calendar front cover image, £25 gift voucher, certificate, a copy of the calendar and their photo hanging in our reception for a year.
Nicky Bright was the number 1 choice and all judges felt strongly about her striking sunflower at sunset photo (pictured above). Well done Nicky!
Our final 12 photos and finalists are:
The winning images who will feature in the calendar can be seen below or on the A4 wall calendar, which will go on sale very soon. Watch this space!
Thank you to all those who entered the competition and shared their photos and often, experiences of healing and therapy through gardens and nature.