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 17, 2022 3:15 PM CST
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First timer here. I don't want to assume anything, but is the 28 November date, for Category Judging, the deadline for entry of photos? I see no specific information on a deadline date.

Thanks so much.
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Nov 17, 2022 3:19 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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From the contest rules, I would not wait until the last minute! Have all of your entries in on November 27th. That is three full weeks where you could submit images.

The rules state that judging starts on the 28th. You should not be submitting on or after that date.
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Nov 17, 2022 3:23 PM CST
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Appreciate that.
I read the contest rules, and would certainly enter anything well before that day, but it was still unclear when they stopped taking entries. I didn't want to assume.
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Nov 17, 2022 3:36 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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It's a good question, because the rules aren't entirely clear. Importantly, the NGA time is set on UTC — Coordinated Universal Time, same as Greenwich Time — which in my time zone is 7 hours ahead. Last year I cut it right down to the wire, went to submit on the evening of the last day and discovered it was the next day UTC. Oops! So I recommend what Bill said: aim at the 27th or before..
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 4:17 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Good idea Zoe. You said it better then me.
Since these are judged by the general NGA membership, there is no telling when some member will vote. But if they cast their votes early on the 28th, wouldn't you want to make sure that your images are there to be given consideration? To have entered images after judging starts puts them at a disadvantage.
Remember, this is all by volunteers, no paid judges, no full time staff. Just give yourself every advantage.
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Nov 17, 2022 4:38 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Region: New Mexico Salvias Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Entries aren't accepted after the cutoff, which I THINK is midnight UTC the 28TH. (DON'T RELY ON THAT!) and I'm pretty certain no one can vote before that.

@dave can you clarify?
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Nov 17, 2022 5:18 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Start date: November 8, 2022
Category judging begins November 28, 2022
Best of Show judging begins December 7, 2022
The final winners announced December 9, 2022

Here's how it works: at exactly midnight November 28th (which would be 6:00pm Central time on November 27th) the photo contest will no longer accept entries, and voting immediately begins. If you were in the process of adding a photo when the clock strikes midnight, your carriage turns back into a pumpkin and you lose your chance to enter it. So don't delay too long!
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Nov 17, 2022 5:33 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
Thanks Dave. Yup, last year I got the pumpkin award Hilarious!
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 6:21 PM CST
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Thank you for the clarification, Mr. Dave. As the administrator of the site and contest, that's what I was looking for.

I'm also in CST so that makes more sense.

Wishing everyone the best for your entries!
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Nov 24, 2022 9:31 AM CST
Name: Web
Aberdeen, North Carolina (Zone 8a)
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dave said: Start date: November 8, 2022
Category judging begins November 28, 2022
Best of Show judging begins December 7, 2022
The final winners announced December 9, 2022

Here's how it works: at exactly midnight November 28th (which would be 6:00pm Central time on November 27th) the photo contest will no longer accept entries, and voting immediately begins. If you were in the process of adding a photo when the clock strikes midnight, your carriage turns back into a pumpkin and you lose your chance to enter it. So don't delay too long!


Huge, Huge YUKS for the response and the information for Dave! Hurray!
I tip my hat to you.
Go!!! Seahawks, University of North Carolina At Wilmington Seahawks, and Tarheels!🏈🏀⚾🏐🏑
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Nov 24, 2022 9:33 AM CST
Name: Web
Aberdeen, North Carolina (Zone 8a)
Go Seahawks and Tarheels!
Region: North Carolina Wild Plant Hunter Beavers Bird Bath, Fountain and Waterfall Birds Bookworm
Butterflies Critters Allowed Dragonflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Frogs and Toads Garden Photography
Thanks Dave for the big yuks and the info!
Hurray!
I tip my hat to you.
Go!!! Seahawks, University of North Carolina At Wilmington Seahawks, and Tarheels!🏈🏀⚾🏐🏑
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