December 2011 - Jürgen Becker is „Features Photographer of the Year 2011“
The international successfull garden photographer Jürgen Becker has won the Garden Media Guild award in London fort he third time in succession. This time he receives the highly demanded award as ‚Features Photographer of the Year“ for his cover garden feature „A Dutch Tapestry“ with pictures of the Dutch garden of Madelien van Hasselt, published in the famous magazine Gardens Illustrated September 2011
The standard in this category was incredibly high, with several entries grabbing the attention of the judges. Many photographers use sunrise and sunset to their advantage (not a new technique, obviously), which makes for many breathtaking shots across the entire category. Gardens Illustrated entered a large body of work, all of which was beautiful, and should be commended for consistently supporting outstanding feature photography.
The winning entry stands head and shoulders above all others, and the decision to award Jurgen with this coveted accolade was totally unanimous. Every single picture was beautiful, but together all the images make for a breathtaking feature, with skilled and consistent interpretation of light. With a broad selection of wide and mid shots, along with superb plant portraits, the picture set had everything. What's more, the pictures make the viewer want to be transported to the garden instantly - they're simply lovely.