Monday, February 09, 2015

Winning Garden Photos Wow Crowd




Here are the winners of the 9th Annual Washington Gardener Magazine Garden Photo Contest that were recently announced at the Washington Gardener Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens in Fairfax County, VA. There were many 'oohs' and 'aahs' as we showed the 17 winning entries, which our judges had narrowed down from the 284 images entered. Eight of the 11 winning photographers were present at the ceremony (see photo at right), so that made it doubly exciting to hear them comment on how and where they took their images.

The winning photos will also be published in the next issue of Washington Gardener Magazine along with additional details on the entrants and their images.

Additionally, you will be able to view the winning images IN PERSON in an art show this summer at Meadowlark Botanic Gardens in Vienna, VA. The opening reception and full details will be shared this spring. You are all invited!

And yes, we WILL be having a 10th Annual Washington Gardener Magazine Garden Photo Contest, so start gathering your images now and throughout this year. We will keep most all the entry rules the same as this year. We will again accept the entries during the first three weeks of January with the winners announced at the annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange in Virginia on the first Saturday in February.

Thank you again to our contest judges, Patty Hankins of Beautiful Flower Pictures and Katherine Lambert of Katherine Lambert Photography. Also, a BIG thank you to our contest prize sponsors: Capital Photography Center, LLC, Dodge-Chrome Inc. Timber Press, and Washington Gardener Magazine.

Garden Photo Contest Category Definitions:
These photo entries must have been taken during the 2014 calendar year in a garden located within a 150-mile radius of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
• Garden Views: Beautiful, dramatic, or unusual perspectives of a garden landscape, including wide shots showing the setting. Subject can be a private or public garden.
• Garden Vignettes: Groupings of plants in beds or containers, unusual color or texture combinations, garden focal points, and still scenes. Subject can be photographed in a private or public garden.
• Small Wonders: Tight close-up images or macro shots of single flowers, plant parts, fruits, vegetables, etc. Subject can be photographed in a private or public garden.
• Garden Creatures: Images of insects, birds, frogs, domestic pets, etc. in a private or public garden setting.

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