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Announcing the 2017 National Gardening Association Photo Contest!

By dave
November 2, 2017

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.

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Cleveland Ohio
Photo Contest Winner: 2017
Lucichar
Nov 5, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Do I enter only 5 photos total or can I enter 5 photos in each category?
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Nov 5, 2017 7:23 PM CST

Plants Admin

5 photos in each category.
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Daylilies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
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carolem
Nov 11, 2017 5:57 PM CST
first post on the forum, hopefully o.k. to add to this page.

Hadn't noticed if the contest is open to subscribers from other countries?

Thanks,
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Nov 11, 2017 6:03 PM CST

Plants Admin

It's definitely okay to add to this page, and subscribers from other countries are welcome to enter the contest. If you win a prize gift certificate, however, you probably won't be able to use it.
Name: Carole
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Daylilies Bookworm Region: Australia Birds Bee Lover Dragonflies
Garden Photography Salvias Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Native Plants and Wildflowers Annuals
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carolem
Nov 18, 2017 12:56 AM CST
...oh and another. Since I'm finding my way around the forums and noticing some threads are specific to photography only during a given month; it made me think to ask..........

Relating to the competition photo entries; "from your photo collection". I'm assuming that entries can be from any year? Providing obviously they've not been submitted in previous NGA Photo contests.

Just needed to clarify.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 18, 2017 7:59 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

You've got it right, Carole. Smiling
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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purpleinopp
Nov 20, 2017 9:44 AM CST
What is the deadline for submissions? I see that judging starts on 11/24 but I can't find where it says the deadline. TIA!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 20, 2017 10:08 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

You can submit photos all the way up until voting/judging starts.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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purpleinopp
Nov 20, 2017 10:51 AM CST
TYVM! Is that at 12:01 Wed., or some time later in the day?

And if I can't remember if I've submitted a particular photo before, will the system "know" and alert me?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 20, 2017 11:15 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

The system will not know. You need to be mindful of the photos that you post.

Judging begins November 24th. All times are in UTC. That means judging begins 6:00pm Central time on November 23rd.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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purpleinopp
Nov 20, 2017 11:44 AM CST
OK, thanks! I don't think I have time to get into it this time, but I'll be voting! Have an awesome week & thanks so much for your efforts in administering such a fun activity!
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 9b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 20, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Photos submitted must be your own creation without significant digital alteration

What is considered "significant digital alteration"?

I don't use Photoshop, but frequently create a "pseudo HDR" from one jpg, or true HDRI (high dynamic range image) from 3 combined jpgs.
Also am shooting more RAW images.

Is that allowed as long as it's just to bring out hidden details?
Learn & create something every day.
Remember the Golden Rule, and what
Thumper's mom said. ;)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 20, 2017 12:27 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

What you described doesn't sound like significant alteration to me. Thumbs up
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 9b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 20, 2017 5:09 PM CST
Thank You!
Looking forward to seeing all the pics from others, too. Thumbs up

BTW, does the photo have to be from 2017, or can it be any photo we've taken over the years?
Learn & create something every day.
Remember the Golden Rule, and what
Thumper's mom said. ;)
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Nov 20, 2017 6:12 PM CST
EscondidoCal said: Thank You!
Looking forward to seeing all the pics from others, too. Thumbs up



Me too!
AKA Joey.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Nov 20, 2017 6:14 PM CST

Plants Admin

It does not have to be from 2017. It can be from any year, as long as it hasn't been entered in an earlier photo contest on this site.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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tx_flower_child
Nov 20, 2017 6:43 PM CST
How is the voting done?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 20, 2017 8:25 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

You'll see when it starts Smiling
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 9b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 21, 2017 3:34 AM CST
What are the maximum dimensions & file size that are acceptable?
Learn & create something every day.
Remember the Golden Rule, and what
Thumper's mom said. ;)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Nov 21, 2017 8:12 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

No maximum but the images will be resized down to 1000 pixels max.

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