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2005 Wild Ones Photo Contest

Wild Ones is holding its annual photo contest to give members a chance to show off their best native plant and landscape photos. The goal is to encourage members to get out into the natural world, experience it and have fun. The emphasis should be on showing native plants and natural landscapes and those things related to these environments. All members are encouraged to enter. This year we are adding a Kids' Photos category. This is to persuade children, up to age 18, to show us their views of native landscapes.

The photos will be judged initially on technical merit by a professional photographer and then be on display at the Annual Meeting and conference the following day for further judging of the People’s Choice by conference attendees. Awards will be presented at the September 11, 2005 evening banquet. You need not attend the conference to enter the photo contest or win.

Only Wild Ones members whose membership is, and will be, current during the course of this contest may enter. Deadline for receipt of mailed submission(s) is September 2, 2005; no exceptions. Photo contest entries personally delivered to the conference site should be delivered on September 9, 2005 at the Bunker Hills Regional Park in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota no later than 5:00 PM.

Get 2005 Wild Ones Photo Contest Entry Form here.

2005 Photo Contest Rules

1. The subject of all entries must be native plant species or native species landscape or ecology found in the USA or Canada.
2. One entry per category; two entries per member (each person under a household or business membership may enter)
3. Photos cannot have been previously entered in the Wild Ones Photo Contest.
4. All photos must be at least 5" x 5" and no larger than 11" x 14".
5. Photos may be in color or black and white.
6. Each photo must be mounted on mounting board. (Available through most photo shops and art supply stores.) Matting and framing is optional.
7. A completed entry form must be affixed to the back of each entry. Entry forms may be photocopied.
8. Photographs will be judged according to the following criteria:
a. Technical merit (composition, sharpness, exposure, color)
b. Appropriateness to category
c. Presentation (neatness of mounting)

• Flora: Plant species native to the United States or Canada.
• Scenery: Any aspect of woodland, savanna, prairie, wetlands and rain gardens (may include wildlife as part of the native landscape).
• Pollinators, Insects or Bugs: Native to the United States or Canada.
• Child or Children: Exploring the natural environment (prairies, woodlands, or wet areas).
• Landscaping: Native landscaping that includes residences, businesses, or recreational areas as part of the subject.
• Wild Ones Activities: Educational programs (monthly meetings, conferences, seed exchanges, seed collecting, garden tours, etc.), public relations activities (home & garden shows, festivals, etc.), plant rescues.

Kid’s Photos: Photos taken by children up to age 18 in any of the above categories. All Photo Contest Rules as listed above apply.

Mail photos to:
2005 Wild Ones Photo Contest
PO Box 1274
Appleton, WI 54912-1274

By entering the contest, each photographer will be giving Wild Ones Natural Landscapers, Ltd and its affiliates permission to publish his or her photograph.

For more information, send an email to photo@for-wild.org.


The following gives you additional information as you consider your entries. These are suggestions from the professional photographers who judged the 2004 contest.

When viewing photographs judges look for impact, creativity, composition, center of interest, lighting, color balance, and print quality. If a photo captures all this but is not sharp, it loses all these elements—above all, a print must be sharp.

If matting is used to compliment a photo it must be cut neatly and the color of the matt must compliment the photo. Otherwise the matt will detract from the photo if not used correctly. Photos should be mounted & trimmed neatly otherwise this will also distract from the image being judged.

The Process:
Photos will be judged twice. The first round of judging will be by a professional photographer who will determine a first, second, and third place award in each category and a grand prize winner chosen from the first place winners. The second judging round will be by Annual Meeting attendees who will determine first, second and third place People’s Choice awards overall.

Entries will be returned by mail only if accompanied by self-addressed, postage-paid packaging. We are not responsible for damage or loss.

Last Year's Winners

We had some great entries in 2004, and lots of winners. Great landscape shots, people pictures, and closeups of pollinators and native plants. If you like good photography, you should have a look.

Get 2005 Wild Ones Photo Contest Entry Form here.

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