Winners for September’s Picture This Photo Contest

– Posted in: Garden Photography

Christa had a tough job this month. There were so many outstanding entries. A BIG THANK YOU  goes to Christa for doing a stellar job. We look forward to having her return to Picture This!!  Fran Sorin

Without further ado,  this is what Christa has to say:

“The results are in–Judging this competition was hard, there were so many beautiful entries. Thank you everyone, for participating.” Christa

HONORABLE MENTIONS….chosen for each category

Vivid spots of color to squirrel away


Vivid, Vibrant color, his composition and use of texture makes it feel like the aster is in motion.


This image really makes me smile. I love the horizon of sky and grasses in the background, and the way the petals are proudly reaching out to us. Beautiful color combos. This is really pretty. This great use of color.

Shoot Tight


This is Dr. Seuss like. I love the texture of this fading clematis. This is a celebration of a season change. A new stage of beauty for a once blooming plant. And good texture!

Shoot Low


This is a lovely combination of color and texture. What a fun photo! I love the muted tones and all of the different greens in the photo.

Take a mid-range shot


This is such a beautiful, peaceful image. I love the triumphant seed head at the top of the photo. It’s lovely. I love the framing too, the way the stems gracefully gather in the frame. I keep going back to look at the lines and details. This is interesting too because it has a macro shot feel without being a close up. What a great end-of-season photo.


This image is beautiful. It almost looks like the flowers are at a dance. There are so many nice shapes in the photo, and I love the play between light and shadow.

Play in the rain, or after it


I love the sharp detail in this image, and the color on the fly. Nice capture of light and rain. Even the little fly looks refreshed.

Harvest Something


Yellow is a color I have trouble photographing. Nice play of shadows in the image—it really brings out so many different amber and gold tones. Such a nice mood in this photo. It will really keep you warm on a grey winter day.


This is lovely image processing. There’s a beautiful mood in this image—and of course, nothing beats a good mason jar!




Please return to the Gallery Page to see Onenezz’ photo. For whatever reason, my computer won’t allow me to copy her content

My photo professor used to tell me to think about lighting, mood and moment. This is an amazingly calm moment in the garden. I love the water in this image, and the graceful drinking hornet. Wow. If we put this in a layout, we might crop the right side of the photo, and take out the greenery, so your eye really goes to the hornet and the gentle water ripples. Well done.





This is clean and simple and beautiful. The petal pattern and the different oranges and yellows are really lovely. So is the hint of pale blue sky. My favorite part of the photo is the petal on the left that is worn, or maybe that is the bright part of the sun showing through. Reminds me of comfortably worn sheets on a clothesline. We’ve seen lots of photos of the backs of sunflowers. I’ve actually taken a few myself this summer but never thought of cropping/framing it this way. The link to this photo is up in the background of my desktop as I work. I would frame this. Stunning.

BENJAMIN, you not only win The Picture This Gold Medal Award but you have won a pair of gloves of your choice from Angela’s Garden. Contact me at with your mailing address and I will send onto Angela. A big thank you to Kara of Angela’s Garden. To see September’s Picture This original post, click here.

Be on the look out everyone! October’s contest will be rolling out some time this week. We have one of your favorite photographers making a repeat performance!  If you want to enjoy a feast for the eyes, check out past                Picture This Galleries.

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The Sage Butterfly October 1, 2011, 8:37 am

Thank you very much for the Honorable Mention. I enjoyed taking the photo and am honored to be among some very talented garden photographers. Thanks, again, for hosting and judging the contest.

Melody October 1, 2011, 9:05 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Christa 🙂 And thank you for taking the time to judge the contest; it was a lot of fun!

One October 1, 2011, 11:36 pm

Glad you like the gentle ripples produced by the hornet.

Many outstanding photos here. Am glad you picked mine. Thank you.

Nicole Gjeldum October 2, 2011, 12:29 pm

Congrats to all the winners! Such beautiful photos!

ann October 2, 2011, 12:56 pm

These pictures are so good that I can NOT pick a favorite. WOW

ESP October 2, 2011, 6:34 pm

Congratulations to all shortlisted, and Benjamin your sunflower shot is a very magical and captivating image, and an unusual crop (if it was a crop).
Well done on the gold.

Tess The Bold Life October 3, 2011, 7:48 am

Simply stunning photos. I love flowers.

GirlSprout October 4, 2011, 10:22 pm

Congrats to all the winners!

Debi October 5, 2011, 7:16 am

Congratulations to all the winners! I don’t envy the judges their tasks each month!

Suzanne October 6, 2011, 11:28 pm


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