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Photography  competition

Categories for 2024

  1. I Love Winter

  2. Favourite View

  3. My Favourite Place in the Garden

  4. A Garden Pest

  5. Spring is Finally Here

  6. Rainy Days are Beautiful Too

  7. My Study of Trees

  8. What a Fabulous Colour!

  9. My Favourite Wild Flower 

  10. My Best Picture

Categories for 2025

  1. Pretty Plants with Pollinators

  2. Winter is for the Birds

  3. Moss in the Sunshine

  4. Fairies in the Garden

  5. Is That a Fruit or a Vegetable?

  6. Old and Still Beautiful

  7. Succulents & Cacti

  8. Foliage in a Planter

  9. Misty Day

  10. Mighty Miniatures 

Photography Tips

  • Read the instruction manual for your camera to familiarize yourself with all the functions.

  • Take photos regularly and experiment. Try shooting the subjects with multiple settings to learn what effects you like.

  • Try an inexpensive tripod for beginners or for shaky hands. A tripod is also highly recommended when you use the time function on the camera.

  • When doing close-up photography, remember that the depth of field is limited and it can be all but impossible to have the entire subject in focus. It is best to focus on the most important part of the subject.

  • Subject and camera movement is magnified when taking close-ups. To limit this you will need to steady the camera and the subject to prevent blurred images. Using the camera's flash can "freeze" the image and reduce the effect of camera and subject movement.

  • Turn off your camera's date-imprinting function for exhibition images because it is a visual distraction in the printed image. If you have access to a photo-editing program, it may be possible to edit out the date stamp on the digital image.

  • Try to choose an angle where light is streaming in from the side or behind your subject.

  • Avoid letting direct light into your camera lens.

  • On cloudy days light is even and colours are vibrant; shadows are reduced so it is easy to capture areas that would otherwise be in half shade or half light.

  • Quality of light is critical; avoid taking shots in bright sunlight between 9:00am and 5:00pm as colours will look washed out and shadowy areas will look too dark.

  • The best time to capture your garden is early morning, approximately two hours after sunrise. Morning light is soft and warm. The last few hours before sundown can provide nice light similar to that of morning.

Photography Contest Rules

Any photos not related to horticulture will be disqualified at the discretion of the photo committee and/or the judge.

  • Submit photos at the September meeting in a 4 x 6 format only. 

  • Photos must be no older than two years.

  • On the back of each entry, include your name, phone number, and category number/title in the top left corner (to ensure correct viewing orientation).

  • Limit of one photo per person per category to be submitted.


The judging scale will be as follows:

  • Horticultural Value 40%

  • Photographic Value 40%

  • Appearance and Impact 20%


Photos will be judged in the weeks prior to the October meeting, at which time the winners will be announced and all photos displayed.



  • $15 for Judge’s Choice photo which will be on the Website.

  • $15 for Most Points

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