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Flower Show fame for freelance photographer

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Every picture tells a story, but for FSB member and freelance photographer Stephen Whitehorne, there was a little extra detail to add to one recent set of images he shot.

In May this year, a set of photographs created by Stephen won the top award for photography at the world’s most famous flower show – the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show.


After being named one of 10 finalists, Stephen was awarded ‘Best Portfolio Photography Exhibit’ at the show and also won a gold medal for a photography exhibit – the highest accolade for photographic excellence given out by the society.

The awards presented to Stephen were for a series of six framed photographs – entitled Beech and Birch – which depicted trees in the deciduous woodlands of Perthshire and Stirlingshire.

“I felt privileged enough to have been selected as a finalist in the portfolio category and to be given the opportunity of exhibiting at such a high-profile event as the Chelsea Flower Show,” says Stephen.

“But to then have been judged above the other nine finalists, each of whom exhibited a beautiful and stunning portfolio of photographs, was amazing!

“This is the first time photography has been recognised for awards at the Chelsea Flower Show and it’s wonderful that the RHS is providing such a prestigious platform to highlight the significance of photography.”

Stephen also received an engraved wooden box crafted in the prestigious Linley workshops, and a cash prize.