Speaking about the image which also won the Abstract views category, Sharpe said the layered branches of this conifer reminded her of the dancing cranes often featured in Japanese woodcuts, and described winning the annual competition as an enormous privilege.
"In post-processing, I added a fill layer and used exclusion blending mode to alter the colours and enhance the feeling of movement and sense of the ‘birds’ dancing in a fantasy woodland."
Tyrone McGlinchey, head judge, said the image 'fired the imagination'.
"The soft, new growth transforming between plant and feathers – it is both enticing and enchanting. We are pulled into and beyond the symbolic dancing cranes, and embraced by their ‘wings’, to a place of hope and peace. It is rare that one can connect with nature and feel such compassion.”
Supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, which also exhibits the winning images, International Garden Photographer of the Year is open to amateurs and professionals alike, from any country in the world.
You can see all the category winners and runners-up below, and all the category winners and finalists at the IGPOTY website.