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Cast Your Votes for the Winners of the 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest

By dave
December 1, 2015

The entries are in and it's time to check out the photos that were submitted in our 2nd annual photo contest. Each member may cast up to 3 votes in each category, so head over to the photo contest page, start browsing the many beautiful photos, and cast your votes for your favorites.

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 1, 2015 8:20 AM CST
I'm torn about participating in judging. There are just so many wonderful fabulous shots! Having to narrow it down to just three really bums me out. I realize it is a contest, I just don't think I'm cut out to be a "judge"
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 1, 2015 8:34 AM CST

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Don't over-think it. Star all the ones you like and then when you proceed, just grab the three that strike you at the moment. Smiling
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Dec 1, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Have no fear. Each of us judges differently. Some folks are looking for excellent examples of photos, perfectly in focus, great composition, while others just select their favorite flowers. It will all average out in the end and we will have lovely, happy winners. Thumbs up

One image that brought a big smile to my face was in the 'vegetables and fruit' category...the fox running off with the apple. Hurray!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
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gardengus
Dec 1, 2015 8:44 AM CST
My kids were in photography for years in 4-H
and my guys(husband&son) both are very big into Photography , so I am very use to hearing what makes a good photograph , but it is hard not to give extra Thumbs up to the flowers I personally like
How do you decide between a dandelion and a rose Shrug!
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2015 10:05 AM CST
I'm thoroughly enjoying gazing at the many, many beautiful photos that have been entered into this years contest and voting for my favorites! I haven't gotten all the way through the categories yet but the most difficult for me so far was Trees/Shrubs! LOL, I was wanting to ask if Dave would let me give up my vote in other categories just to have more votes in that one. Not far behind in my favorites was the Landscape/Garden category; photo after photo had me daydreaming and wishing I could visit those beautiful gardens and areas of the country/countries!

When I got to the "Container" category, a few of the subject containers really made me smile; even without plants or flowers, they are containers so they did fit the category. Green Grin!

I don't know much about photo composition, lighting etc., I just select the photos that "say" something to me and it's very difficult to narrow it down to just three favorites! I have an appointment to head out to shortly but I'll get back to viewing and voting for the remainder of the categories this afternoon!

~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Dec 1, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Landscape/gardens was the most difficult for me. I wanted to give credit to truck gardens over all but eventually just went with what made me happy when I looked at it. I really NEEDED six votes in that one.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Dec 1, 2015 12:13 PM CST
I too had a chuckle over a couple of the containers. Smiling

One thing I wished for was captions or identifications. I voted for something in the Vegetable category that I had no idea what it was, except that it was a very beautiful flower.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
Garden Photography Echinacea Dahlias Clematis Region: Illinois Hibiscus
Heucheras Charter ATP Member Birds Hummingbirder Hostas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Rose1656
Dec 1, 2015 3:21 PM CST
It really was hard to choose just 3 from each category! The hardest category for me was the bugs and birds! There are some really wonderful photos in this group. It's nice to be involved in the voting on here. There are some beautiful blooms to think about adding to my gardens!
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Region: Mid-Atlantic I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
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HollyAnnS
Dec 1, 2015 3:59 PM CST
There are just so many beautiful pics very hard to pick just 3
Life is Great! Holly
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
Native Plants and Wildflowers Critters Allowed Garden Procrastinator Herbs Vegetable Grower Plant Identifier
Organic Gardener Keeps Goats Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Composter Houseplants
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gardengus
Dec 1, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Chillybean said:I too had a chuckle over a couple of the containers. Smiling

One thing I wished for was captions or identifications. I voted for something in the Vegetable category that I had no idea what it was, except that it was a very beautiful flower.


If the photographer added a caption it will appear after the voting.
If it will be like last year, after the voting has finished there will be the opportunity to start a discussion on any photo, both to congratulate the winners and ask questions . I too saw a few plants I did not recognize and am curious.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Dec 1, 2015 5:20 PM CST
I spent the morning going thru the photos. Enjoyed every minute!

What great plant photos as well as some great container photos:)

They are all winners!
Coatesville IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hummingbirder Lilies Region: Indiana Dog Lover Echinacea
Butterflies Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Claudia
Dec 1, 2015 6:30 PM CST
WOW.....we have some very talented photographers on ATP! I just finished voting and it was tough to narrow down to 3 in several categories.

Congratulations to everyone who entered because I agree....you all are winners! Thumbs up
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland (Zone 4a)
Foliage Fan Roses Region: Europe Peonies Lilies Dog Lover
Ferns Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Sempervivums
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magga
Dec 2, 2015 10:41 AM CST
I enjoyed going through all the beautiful pnotos and voting, although it was difficult to narrow my favorites down to 3 in each category. It made the choosing a little difficult that the photos are of very different sizes and having to scroll down and up again was a bit time consuming. I am looking forwards to the results. Hurray!
Magga
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
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gingin
Dec 2, 2015 11:17 AM CST
I really need a new computer and better way to connect to the internet then dial-up Grumbling When I click on a catagory at least half or more of the pictures show only a box with a red X instead of the picture Glare so I must click each one and choose "show picture" extra step and time for me so it's a good thing that it's raining today nodding All the beautiful shots make it worth it though Thumbs up Thumbs up good job all who entered
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Dec 2, 2015 11:44 AM CST
It is going to take me a while to go through these. I do love the Trees and Shrubs but then again I have a thing about tree pictures.
Wonder what that means? Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Dec 2, 2015 11:48 AM CST
Perhaps you were a woodland sprite in a former existence? Hilarious!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Dec 2, 2015 11:56 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Dec 2, 2015 6:09 PM CST
That last category was the toughest! I had a dozen stared in the first couple of minutes. I hated having to reject so many excellent photos to get down to three! Crying
Name: Lori Bright
San Luis Obispo, California (Zone 7a)
Vegetable Grower Roses Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Keeps Goats
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LlamaLlori
Dec 2, 2015 9:31 PM CST
Dave, Dave.... I NEED some of those plants! But I don't know what they are. Will there be captions (Read Rose Varieties) named after all is said and done?
Wayyy Fun! Thanks!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 2, 2015 10:12 PM CST
It's TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard! I'm hating myself for dumping fabulous photos. Not fair!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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