End of Summer Photo Contest

– Posted in: Contests and Giveaways, Garden Photography
Connecticut meadow garden with native wildflowers; Larry Weiner Design

Connecticut meadow garden with native wildflowers.

Summer is officially over, so let’s see what it looked like to Gardening Gone Wild readers with a new Picture This photo contest.  And let’s welcome some new participants from the PhotoBotanic ebook blog tour.

We will have 2 divisions this time: one for bloggers and one for Facebook entries. Only bloggers are eligible for The Gold award, but all entries are eligible for the Silver.  Additionally, at least two honorable mentions will receive critique and comment.

The Gold Award receives either a complete set of the PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop e-books (now gold award winner) or a light diffusion disc that every garden photographer must have when working in the sun.  More below.

The contest runs from now until October 9 and must be a photo taken in the summer – so you can’t be tempted to run out and take a new photo.

Solidago canadensis ssp. elongata, Canada Goldenrod flowering in California native plant Sierra meadow

Canada Goldenrod flowering in California summer meadow.

You no longer have to have an active blog to enter, but we really like to see blog posts of your summer photos to share, so bloggers get first choice of prizes and I will link all blog entries in the judging.

1.  For bloggers to be eligible for judging, you need to leave us TWO LINKS – a direct link to the image, and a link to your blog post that includes the image (and that says you are entering the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest )– in a comment on this post. Your links need to be correct in order for your photo to be entered into the contest. If need be, check out Comments on a previous Picture This contests to see how others have done it.

For Facebook entries you must post your photo to the Picture This Facebook Page and then Comment here with your name and photo title saying you are entering the contest.

2. You are allowed one entry per contest; and by entering you give Gardening Gone Wild permission to reproduce it on our website.  While not a requirement, we urge you to watermark your photo in case it gets pinned or “borrowed”.

3. Please make the long side of the image needs to minimally be 800 pixels.

4.  The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Saturday, October 9,  2015. There are no exceptions.

Well pruned manzanita (Arctostaphylos) shrubs with native grasses by swimming pool in The Melissa Garden, California

Manzanita shrubs with grasses by swimming pool in California summer garden.

The theme is simply: “Summer” – so that is pretty wide open.  Vegetables, fruit, and flowers.

Red harvest in late summer garden, tomato 'Supice', raspberry, cayenne papper, 'Sequoia' strawberry, rose, salvia, zinnia, fuschia, apple

Red harvest in late summer garden


Sidalcea hartwegii - Valley Checkerbloom - annual wildflower California native plant in Sierra meadow

Sidalcea hartwegii – Valley Checkerbloom California wildflower in Sierra meadow.


View through garden gate into summer garden with flowering Hydrangea shrubs

View through garden gate into summer garden with flowering Hydrangea shrubs


My e-book Good Garden Photography just received the Gold award from the Garden Writers Association as Best Overall Book published in 2014 and I have just finished a blog tour for the book and invited new garden photographers to our contest.  A complete set of all three Workshop e-books is one of the prizes.

3 e-books in store

The other prize is a diffusion scrim, a disk to soften the harsh light of summer.  I wrote about these tools in a post and showed how I use them :  How to create soft light for photos.

Sunlight scrim for harsh light for photographing Lilium humboldtii

Sunlight scrim for harsh light for photographing Lilium humboldtii

I am happy to say the good folks at Visual Departures have provided a 38″ translucent Flexfill disc – my favorite portable scrim.


Prize supplied by Flexfill – a 32″ disc !

The Gold award photo winner gets to choose which prize they want.

But it’s not all about prizes, let’s share photos.  I will comment on them all.  Join in by Oct. 9.

Saxon Holt
Saxon Holt is the owner of PhotoBotanic.com, a garden picture resource for photographs, on-line workshops, and garden photography stories. An award winning photojournalist and Fellow of The Garden Writers Association with more than 25 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California. PhotoBotanic - Garden Photography online at www.photobotanic.com. https://photobotanic.com
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Alexandra Campbell September 28, 2015, 12:51 pm

Here’s the link to the photo (I hope!): http://www.themiddlesizedgarden.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Kylie-sundial-4-400×400.jpg

Am entering the summer photo competition – thanks for running it! Alexandra

Saxon Holt September 28, 2015, 2:21 pm

Got it ! Thanks for participating Alexandra

Janet Davis September 30, 2015, 10:29 pm

Here is my photo entry: http://www.thepaintboxgarden.com/planting-a-hummingbird-menu/hummingbird-in-flowers/

And it appears in this blog: http://www.thepaintboxgarden.com/planting-a-hummingbird-menu/

Entered in the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest

Saxon Holt October 2, 2015, 12:26 pm

Thanks Caroline

Saxon Holt October 2, 2015, 12:27 pm

Thanks Janet

Robin Leja October 3, 2015, 3:35 pm
Saxon Holt October 5, 2015, 12:56 pm

Thanks Robin !

Lori October 7, 2015, 6:01 pm
Saxon Holt October 8, 2015, 4:31 pm

Thanks !

Jude Parkinson-Morgan October 9, 2015, 1:06 am

Just posted my photo with the following comment on the ‘GGW Picture This’ photo contest page:
A late summer sojourn back to visit family in England and a chance to wander the gorgeously filled borders of Gravetye Manor built in the 16th century . The gardens were designed by the ‘Father of the English Flower Garden’ William Robinson over 100 years ago. Bliss!

Saxon Holt October 9, 2015, 2:18 pm

Thanks ! – I see it on the Facebook page.

laura @ gravy lessons October 9, 2015, 10:24 pm

Hello Saxon, Here’s my submission. My photo is at: http://www.gravylessons.com/s/summerloving.jpg and my blog post is at http://www.gravylessons.com/journal2/2015/10/9/summer-loving Thanks!

Saxon Holt October 10, 2015, 4:06 am

Thanks Laura !

Sarah October 10, 2015, 6:29 am

You say the deadline is Saturday October 9. But Saturday is actually October 10th. I had Saturday in my mind, so I hope you might accept this entry anyway.
Here’s a link to the photo:

Here’s a link to the post: http://ofleafandlimb.blogspot.com/2015/10/summer-at-longwood.html

Thanks for hosting.

Saxon Holt October 10, 2015, 6:02 pm

Got it. The 10th is the deadline for me to write the post and I have begun… Thanks

Saxon Holt October 11, 2015, 2:58 pm

I am sorry your submission came in after the deadline and I finished the judging, but I will add to to the gallery\.

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