Picture credit: Josie Elias

Josie beat thousands of entries to take the £1,000 top prize.

She said: ‘We stumbled on the Iris Garden at Plantas Distintas in Marnes, Spain quite by chance.
‘I was particularly intrigued by the contrast of the gnarled old olive tree and colourful spring flowers.’

Josie’s winning image was shown on the BBC‘s Breakfast TV programme earlier today, along with other top entries.

Competition organiser James Arnold said: ‘We have had a record number of entries this year, doubling figures from last year.

‘The judges have been astounded by the extraordinary quality of the images which people have produced from all over the world – it’s simply breathtaking and very difficult to choose a winner.’