BRITAIN’S Royal Horticultural Society has announced this image taken in Spain as the winner of its annual Photographic Competition.

The picture of an olive tree surrounded by tulips was taken by Josie Elias, who scoops up the €1,200 prize money and title of ‘Photographer of the Year’.

“We stumbled on the Iris Garden at Plantas Distintas in Marnes, near Alicante. I was particularly intrigued by the contrast of the gnarled old olive tree and colourful spring flowers,” said Elias.

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 it was very difficult to choose a winner.”