Tracy Calder

Tracy Hallett (Calder) is an award-winning photographer and magazine journalist. She has written a number of photography books, hundreds of magazine articles and is the co-founder of Close-up Photographer of the Year – an international competition celebrating macro, micro and close-up photography. Tracy has been on the judging panel of various major photography competitions including International Garden Photographer of the Year, Landscape Photographer of the Year and Amateur Photographer of the Year. In 2022 she was awarded a Gold medal from the RHS for her photographic series Plant Scars. Her work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery in London. To see more, visit and Instagram: tracy_calder_photo.     

Describe your approach to teaching

Practical instruction, followed by group discussions, and one-to-one guidance. Students are given plenty of opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas with myself and each other.

What inspires your own work?

I enjoy opportunities to see the world anew, hence my love of close-up photography and abstract interpretations of the natural landscape.

Help preserve our future

We are part of a registered charity and rely on the support of generous donors, members and legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation, design and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how to support us