It's Time for the 2022 Photo Contest!

By dave
November 8, 2022

The highly anticipated annual photo contest is now underway! Submit your best photos from your collection, and the Garden.org members 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. Contest opens on November 8th and voting begins the evening of November 27th. Bluestone Perennials returns for the 6th year in a row with their huge gift certificate prizes, and is joined by Victory Seed Company who is also providing gift certificates to the winners.

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Nov 9, 2022 3:13 AM CST
Germany (Zone 8a)
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Is it allowed to participate, if I live in Germany?
Sure I won´t win a prize, but it says in your terms and conditions that prizes must be shipped to the US and Alaska. What about Europe? Big Grin
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Nov 9, 2022 7:15 AM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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You are most welcome to participate! Every year we have many people all over the world be a part of our photo contest. The lack of a prize is the only limitation.
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Nov 9, 2022 7:18 AM CST
Name: Galina Komkova
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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I support the question! I am from Kazakhstan and I also really want to take part in the contest :ура: ! Thank you in advance for the answer!
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Nov 9, 2022 7:22 AM CST
Name: Galina Komkova
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Dog Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Garden Photography Houseplants
dave said: You are most welcome to participate! Every year we have many people all over the world be a part of our photo contest. The lack of a prize is the only limitation.

Sorry, while I was writing, the answer has already been given. Thank you!
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Nov 10, 2022 1:46 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Dave ~ Couldn't the other country members get extra acorns for prizes?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Nov 11, 2022 3:56 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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They certainly could, and I may do just that!
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Nov 13, 2022 11:53 PM CST
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Amaryllis Region: United Kingdom Houseplants Frogs and Toads Foliage Fan I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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evelyninthegarden said: Dave ~ Couldn't the other country members get extra acorns for prizes?


Again though, the acorns are pretty worthless to members outside the US as raffle prizes etc can't be shipped abroad.

Nothing to stop you entering the photo contest though, if you do win you can donate the prize to someone else.
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Nov 14, 2022 12:11 AM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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I see some of our foreign members get joy from getting and giving acorns. Just off hand Valery33 and Sergio come to mind... it would be one those more intangible prizes. I think it is a good idea!
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Nov 14, 2022 9:35 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Butterflies
Garden Sages Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Hummingbirder Foliage Fan
That is the primary value for me of the acorns. To give them for exceptional pics or posts.
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Nov 15, 2022 2:03 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
purpleinopp said: That is the primary value for me of the acorns. To give them for exceptional pics or posts.


I agree
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Nov 15, 2022 11:01 AM CST
Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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@dave I was just wondering - any way we can see if our photos get any votes? I never expect to win, but it would just be nice to know if I got any votes. Possible???
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Nov 15, 2022 1:42 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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cwhitt said: @dave I was just wondering - any way we can see if our photos get any votes? I never expect to win, but it would just be nice to know if I got any votes. Possible???


It's possible but I generally don't show the number of votes for all entries primarily because I don't want people to see that some photos got zero votes.
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Nov 16, 2022 7:58 AM CST
Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
Plays on the water.
Amaryllis Permaculture Sempervivums Roses Bookworm Annuals
Composter Hybridizer Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
Yeah, I guess that would be sad to know your photo got zero votes. Crying But I have been entering fewer and fewer photos though.
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Nov 16, 2022 8:27 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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I remember posting a photo that I was proud of to a photo contest here some 10 years ago or so and after the contest was over, I saw that it had only one vote, and that was from my daughter Katie. *Blush* That was the moment I realized that we shouldn't show the number of votes...

Still, I hope you do post as many photos as you have! The contests are supposed to be fun.
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Nov 17, 2022 10:57 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Butterflies
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Thank you very much, Dave, however you want to do that. You're the one making the effort to provide the contest. I think the contests here are great and I appreciate the opportunity to have fun submitting a few pics and way more fun, voting. It's always really hard to decide because there are always so many great pics.
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Nov 17, 2022 2:25 PM CST
Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
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Perhaps vote-ranges instead of specific number then?
e.g. <25 votes could be zero votes, could be 24 votes.
Then 25-50, 50-100, 100+ votes
That would cover people's pride, perhaps.

Another way round (I think better), is to keep all photos anonymous.
That way people do not vote just for their buddies (or withhold votes from arch-nemesis), but actually for the photos themselves.

Identities can be revealed above a certain vote number, if required. Thinking Shrug!
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Nov 17, 2022 2:58 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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The photos are anonymous during voting. We see entrants' names only after results are final.

I prefer not to see vote tally. I think knowing # of votes makes it feel more competitive than I want my gardening photo contest to be. I say keep it simple.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Nov 17, 2022 3:17 PM CST
Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Foliage Fan
Lilies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Oh I am so glad it is anonymous. Hurray! This is the very first one I have taken part in.
And only by accident because I asked a question, so I can find my way back to the competition page through keeping track of my own posts.

For some reason I lost how to access the competition. I figured there would be a giant red button on the homepage until the competition was over, saying "Photo competition: Enter Here!". But no. There is no obvious way to find your way back in if you missed the initial advert about it. Thumbs up
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Nov 17, 2022 3:46 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ☼🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Butterflies
Garden Sages Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Hummingbirder Foliage Fan
https://garden.org/apps/photoc...

The # of votes is how a winner is determined. It's a contest. Not an exhibit.
The golden rule: Do to others only that which you would have done to you.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now. (-Unknown)
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☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try! Try to be more valuable than a bad example.
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Nov 17, 2022 4:05 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Bookworm Cat Lover Composter Container Gardener Herbs
Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
purpleinopp said: ...
The # of votes is how a winner is determined. It's a contest. Not an exhibit.


I understand. Just my opinion, not debating.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.

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