Derek St Romaine is one of the UK's leading horticultural and gardening photographers. He trained as a graphic designer at Harrow School of Art and and spent many years working as an Art Director in publishing. He switched over to photography in 1985 and specialized in food photography at his Chelsea studio before turning his attention to plant and garden photography.

He is married and lives and works in Surrey. He and his wife Dawn are passionate gardeners - their garden has appeared in many books and magazines worldwide. The garden is open for charity under the National Garden Scheme and is also in 'The Good Gardens Guide'.

Derek is a studio and location photographer, he works with medium and large format cameras (6x4.5cm, 6x7cm, 6x17cm and 4x5inch) and is happy to discuss and undertake commissions. He also works on spec. to supply his unique horticultural library. Since April of 2006 he has been working with an Aptus 75 digital back combined with his Mamiya 645 medium format digital camera to produce superb quality digital images.

His work is always in demand, he supplies all the major gardening magazines and book publishers in the UK and many in Europe and America.


In 1993 and 1996 he won Garden Media Guild awards for plant portrait and garden photography. In 1998 he was awarded a gold medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for an exhibition of Garden and Plant Photography. In 2001 he was voted Garden Photographer of the Year and again in November 2003 at the annual Garden Media Guild awards at the Savoy he scooped the top prize for photography. In 2005 he was awarded joint runner-up in the Annual GPA Exhibition, 'Features Category'. In 2006 he was runner up in the Royal Botanic Gardens 'Kew Category'. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was a finalist in the Garden Media Guilds 'Photographer of the Year Award'. In 2013 he was a finalist in the Garden Media Guilds 'Photographer of the Year Award', 'The Features Photgrapher of the Year Award' and the 'New Digital Media Award'. In 2016 his work appeared in an exhibition in London celebrating the tercentenary of Capability Brown and again was a finalist in the 2016 Photographer of the Year Award.

Derek is a member of The Garden Media Guild, (GMG) and a member of the Professional Garden Photographers Association (PGPA), he has served on the GMG and P
GPA committees. He is also a member of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA) and The Association of Photographers (AOP).