The 15th Annual Washington Gardener Magazine Photo Contest kicks off now! The entry period is January 1-22, 2021.  Note that eligible entries must have been taken during the 2020 calendar year in a garden setting within 150-mile radius of Washington, DC.

~ Garden Views (landscape scenes)
~ Garden Vignettes (groupings of plants in beds or containers, unusual color or texture combinations, garden focal points, and still scenes)
~ Small Wonders (flower or plant part close-ups)
~ Garden Creatures (any living creature in a garden setting)

Remember that garden photos need not all be taken during the first week of May nor should they all be tight close-ups of a red rose. Look for the unusual and for beauty in the off-season too. Our judges give equal weight to the following criteria when evaluating the entries: technical merit, composition, impact, and creativity.

Anyone can enter: professional or amateur, adult or student, local area gardener or visiting DC tourist. Past winners have included teenagers entering their first-ever photo contest and home gardeners trying out their new digital cameras. Our next Grand Prize Winner could be YOU!

Photo Contest Rules


Your entry form must include the following information:

Enter One Time:

  • Name –      
  • Full address-
  • Phone number –
  • Email –
  • Years of photography experience-
  • Whether you are a Pro or Amateur-

Enter for each image:

  • Image filename and title-
  • A brief description of each image-
  • The category each image is to be entered in –
  • The location where each image was taken –
  • All available photographic information regarding the image (i.e. camera type, lens, lighting, etc.)

For any contest inquiries, contact

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