The 2019 Photo Contest

Important Dates
  • Start date: November 1, 2019
  • Category judging begins November 29, 2019
  • Best of Show judging begins December 3, 2019
  • The final winners announced December 5, 2019

    * All times are in UTC. The current UTC time is Nov 23, 2019 2:10 AM.

    The contest is open for entries! There are 20 categories and you can submit up to 5 photos into each category.

  • Welcome to the 2019 Photo Contest, sponsored for the third year in a row by our good friends at Bluestone Perennials!

    Submit your favorite photos from your collection, and the members of the site will then vote for their favorites. The winning photos from each category will be pitted against each other in one final, epic vote to determine the ultimate Best of Show winners.

    Bluestone Perennials has generously provided great prizes for the top 3 winners! The Grand Prize Best of Show winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to their online store. The second place winner will get a $125 gift certificate, and the third place winner gets a $75 gift certificate.

    Additionally, the 1st place winner of each individual category will receive a microbadge commemorating their victory, as well as 50 acorns and the acclaim and admiration of their peers. The Best of Show winner will receive an additional 250 acorns.

    Last year we had nearly 3,000 photos submitted, and this year promises to be another great showing of amazing photos!

    The Rules: Limit one prize per member. If the same person wins 1st and 2nd place, then that person only gets the first place prize and the next winner down gets the second prize. Prizes must be shipped to the contiguous US and Alaska.

    Photos submitted must be your own creation without significant digital alteration, and must not have been submitted to previous photo contests.

    After the contest is over, entries submitted may be linked into our database of plants where appropriate. By submitting photos to our contest, you grant us permission to publish and use those photos in accordance with the Terms of Service. There is a panel of photo contest moderators (who are not participating in the contest) who will review submissions and disqualify photos from the contest for whatever reason they may deem appropriate.

    Bluestone Perennials is a long-time favorite mail-order nursery, famous for their titanic selection and outstanding customer service. Bluestone is a family owned and operated business founded in 1972 by Richard Boonstra and now run by his son, Bill and his wife Sarah. Located close to Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio, Bluestone grows and ships their own plants. The nursery has 5+ acres of greenhouses that are bursting with more than 1,000 varieties of beautiful perennials, shrubs, mums, and ornamental grasses, all grown in plantable earth friendly pots and shipped in earth-friendly fully recyclable packaging . They offer a free catalog and an outstanding website.

    We are grateful to them for sponsoring this year's contest again with such great prizes!
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    2,563 entries from 204 people have been submitted so far.

    Category Total Entries So Far Your Own Entries
    Daylilies 125 0
    Irises 101 0
    Lilies (Lilium) 94 0
    Roses 151 0
    Dahlias 81 0
    Hibiscuses 53 0
    Orchids and Other Tropical Plants 92 0
    Bulbs (including corms, tubers, and rhizomes) 129 0
    Wildflowers and Native Plants 163 0
    Cacti and Succulents 131 0
    Vines 87 0
    Trees and Shrubs 159 0
    Vegetables and Fruit 89 0
    Other Annuals and Perennials 237 0
    Containers 74 0
    Foliage 104 0
    Scenic Landscapes (Public gardens and parks, seascapes, sunsets, snowscapes, etc.) 194 0
    Personal Landscaping 110 0
    Wildlife and Plants 213 0
    Miscellaneous 176 0

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