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Rules for the 2020 NSAGC Photograph Competition

1. The contest is open to amateur photographers (photography cannot be your primary business). The chair of the contest and others closely associated with organizing the competition, are not eligible. Questions of eligibility will be decided by the chair.

2. Contestants must be members of a club,society, or an affiliate, that pays dues to the NSAGC.

3. Contestants may enter one (1) picture in each of the following classes:

Class 1   Spring flowers.
Class 2   Life in the garden (Bees, butterflies, birds, etc.).
Class 3   Autumn Splendor.
Class 4   Nature's Winter Art.
Class 5   Garden landscapes.
Class 6   Food from or in the garden.
Class 7   Flowering shrubs or flowering trees in bloom.
Class 8   Woodland Beauty - Mother Nature's Garden.
Class 9   Garden Art.
Class 10 Close-Up of any single bloom or part of a bloom.
Class 11 Along the Roadside.
Class 12 Water in the Garden.

4. The finished photograph must accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it originally appeared.

5. You now can email for submitting photos.

How to email your photos:

a. Photos may be sent in digitally.  Change the file name of your photo to “your name and the class number”.  For Example: (right mouse click to change the file name, select rename) “Johnmacdonald1” for John MacDonald and class number 1, Spring flowers.  For his next one, he would change the file name to Johnmacdonald2, representing Class 2.  This photo would be judged in class 2, Life in the garden.

b. Email your renamed photos to

c. Please send the following information in your email: your name, postal address, email address, phone number and your garden club's name.

6. Photos will be judged on originality, composition, focus and exposure.

7. Photographs that have received a 1st 2nd or 3rd place standing, in any class in the NSAGC Annual Photographic Contest, cannot be resubmitted in subsequent years. Photographs that have received a 1st 2nd or 3rd in any other contest remain eligible for the Annual NSAGC Photographic Contest.

8. All submitted printed photos may be claimed prior to the banquet on Saturday. Contest participants are responsible for photo pick-up. If you cannot attend, have someone pick them up for you. The NSAGC will not be responsible for returning photos.

9. Stickers will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place photo in each of the contest classes. The judge has the discretion not to assign all the stickers in any given class.  One 1st, one 2nd, and one 3rd place prize will be awarded for the three “Best Overall” photographs.

10. Entries must be received no later than April 2nd of this contest year. Please note this date as it is later than previous years.

11. In submitting your pictures either digitally or in print form, you grant the NSAGC permission to display or reproduce them for the following purposes:  in order to promote, inform or advertise the photo contest to members of the NSAGC; for the NSAGC to use as promotional material. In all other matters, the owners of the images will retain their rights under copyright law. If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted.

Suggestions and Explanations for Competitors.
The judge or judges will accept any photograph that is a reasonable interpretation of the title of the class concerned. This means, that while the following comments are designed to help, they should not be used to exclude other reasonable interpretations of the class description. Remember, one of the four criteria of judging is “originality”.

Class 1 - What are Spring Flowers? Spring flowers are usually, flowers which have evolved to be in blossom before the deciduous trees are completely in leaf. They are usually frost hardy. Some flowers bloom in late spring and continue to bloom into summer. To ensure that your flower is a Spring Flower, all photographs of spring flowers must be taken on or before June 20th of any given year. Photographs of flowering shrubs and trees are to be submitted in class 7 and not this class.

Class 2 -
Life in the Garden, is for photographs where the primary subject is any life form found in the garden that is not a plant, a fungi or a human.

Class 3
- Autumn Splendour. This is a creative opportunity to photograph either the beauty of the autumn season or the activities of that season.

Class 4 -
Nature’s Winter Art. Winter provides its own beauty or art that is unique to this season. Snow draped trees, swirling drifts of snow, frost patterns, frozen lakes and rivers and freezing rain that sparkles and coats the branches of shrubs and trees are all examples of where beauty can be found. Some gardeners choose plants whose beauty is enhanced during this season whether it be the blue of spruces or the coloured berries of holly, nature’s art can be found in winter gardens.

Class 5
- Garden Landscapes. The photographs entered into this class should capture the fun, beauty or creativity of a garden.

Class 6
- Food from or in the Garden. Vegetable and Fruit Gardens have a long history. In this class the photograph can be of the plants themselves, the garden itself or of the produce whether harvested or not. Anything that can be eaten, and is grown in a garden, is covered by this class.

Class 7
- Shrubs and trees in bloom. No further explanation is needed.

Class 8
- Woodland Beauty - Mother Nature's Garden. This Class is not restricted to a specific season or to flowers.

Class 9
- Garden Art. This class can be either art which is made from the materials found in the garden or it can be a landscape addition to a garden. This covers a large number of possibilities from artistic categories found in flower and vegetable shows to Christmas wreaths and tableaus.  In the outside garden it can cover sculptures, topiary, carvings, creative flower beds and added decorative objects that are all part of the garden landscape.

Class 10 -
Close up of any single bloom or part of a bloom. No further explanation is needed

Class 11 - Along the Roadside. This class provides an opportunity to capture pictures of natural habitat, flowers, berries, grasses, fungi, shrubs, trees as well as the inevitable garbage.

Class 12 -
Water in the Garden. Water is often used as a landscape feature. Photographs of ponds, fountains and streams are obviously topics to explore in this class but water can also include much more. For example, it can include drops of dew, a rainbow created in a garden spray, a drip from a garden water faucet, a close up of rain impacting on garden soil.  This is a class where your creativity can find expression.