Picture This – PhotoBotanic – Garden Photography

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Happy New Year friends !!


Diagrammed photo from Saxon Holt eBook on garden photography

Big doings.  Monumental news in the world of garden photography.  Picture This is back at Gardening Gone Wild !

Our group blog event / contest, started in 2009 catapulting our first winner, Pam Penick, to national stardom. 😉

Pam_Penick-coneflowers-yuccaThe contest is known as a gateway to fame and fortune to all who enter.

Disclaimer:  As a professional garden photographer I can assure all who enter that fortunes are not the monetary kind.  And fame ?  It’s a very small world…

Other winners are a who’s who of garden bloggers, but in order to get your name mentioned and get the valuable links, you will have to enter.  Click to a sample list from first contest or see the 57 entries from our last contest.

OK, OK… What’s it all about and why bring it back now ?  Wasn’t it a whole lot of work for the celebrity judges you brought in?

Glad you asked because Picture This photo contest fits quite nicely into my new venture in on-line publishing.  After 5 years of writing here about a garden photography book and 3 years of promising an e-book was coming – its here.

Good Garden Photography

I would be a real ignoramus if I did not connect with all the friends I have made here, many who have commented and encouraged my work.  And running a photo contest on Gardening Gone Wild might even help spread the word about PhotoBotanic. picture_this_gold1_thumb.gif Ya think?

So,  before I go full-on promoting my new project, here’s the scoop on Picture This.  Stay tuned.  My next post here is Jan 24 and that will be the official entry time.   The subject will be “Photos of 2014” and rules will be posted then.  Go through last year’s photos.  picture_this_editors_choiceSpread the word.


All this is ploy for the announcement – you are hearing it here first:  PhotoBotanic is launched.  The first ebook is done.  Each lesson is also available as individual iBooks from iTunes and Google Play.

PhotoBotanic has a Learning Center for members, with most of the stories available with free membership, while the Garden Photography Workshop section is subscription membership where lessons are “dripped” to members on a scheduled basis.  It was a complicated set up, as are my reasons for having a membership site to begin with.  As soon as I can, I will write a post there about the background and development of the site.

Membership content, PhotoBotanic - Rule of Thirds in garden photography

Example of member content on PhotoBotanic. Rule of Thirds in garden photography.

I do hope many of you will at least become free members and give me some feedback.  Because it is a complicated site and I am just one guy (except for the webmeister), there are still many weak points and surely some typos. With any new venture there are going to be lots of loose ends and glitches.  I almost gave up several times.  I will appreciate any feedback from many of you here.

It will take me a year of adding more content and evaluating site traffic to know if this will be a success, but it is finally live and I can get back to the really fun part of being a garden photographer – learning about gardens, celebrating plants, taking photos, and sharing them with you.  To celebrate, PhotoBotanic is putting on a workshop with a couple of my garden photography buddies – kindred spirits who take this craft quite seriously.




For this too, you here at Gardening Gone Wild are hearing it first.  Our hints on our Facebook pages drew considerable buzz but this is the first public announcement because beginning today, Sat. Jan 10, tickets are available for the “Garden as Creative Source” event in Berkeley.  For tickets and more info, go – where else – to PhotoBotanic Workshop Events.

The San Francisco Garden Show will have special premium tickets for the one hour workshops each of us is giving after our public seminars at the Show,  and those tickets are not yet on-line.  E-mail me at Workshops at PhotoBotanic and I will be sure to let you know when those tickets are available.

But if you ever wanted an excuse to come to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show,  to see the UC Botanical Gardens in spring, and learn garden photography from some masters – here is your excuse.

Whew.  I have been busy.  Did I mention my own saxonholt website is redesigned too ?

Enough about me.  What about you ?  Did you take any garden photos you would like to share in Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This contest ?    Get ’em ready in a blog post on your site and come back Jan. 24 for entry rules.  Free e-book to the winner.

Happy New Year !



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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Cathy Rose January 11, 2015, 4:26 am

Saxon, I am so pleased for you and excited for me! I’ve been following your lessons here on GGW since at least 2009, maybe even longer, and I’ve been looking forward to the publication of your photo course books.

BEst of all, since we relocated to the Napa Valley from Massachusetts in September, my husband and I can finally look forward to attending some of your lectures!

Congratulations on all of your many accomplishments this year. I’m guessing you are breathing a VERY big sigh of relief right now!

BTW, I did take a quick peak at your new web site…. heading there now to order books and sign up for membership!

shenandoah kepler January 11, 2015, 1:44 pm

Yes, I want to enter your contest! We spend a few months in Florida to escape a usually mild winter in maryland, but it was harsh last year and is harsh this one, so we are happy to be in sunny florida.

Saxon Holt January 11, 2015, 3:26 pm

Thanks Cathy ! I will be delighted to meet one of my long time supporters

Saxon Holt January 11, 2015, 3:29 pm

Shenandoah – Sounds like you might have quite a variety of photos to share – and may have difficulty closing the single one for the contest.

Keri Byrum January 11, 2015, 6:52 pm

How exciting! I have been impressed with your images for a long time and look forward to reading the e-books. Congratulations on your success!

Saxon Holt January 11, 2015, 8:45 pm

Thanks Keri – Be sure to enter the contest

Pam/Digging January 12, 2015, 11:19 pm

Where is my movie offer? 😉 It’s a pleasant surprise to see my photo here and to learn that your always excellent photo contest (with such helpful comments!) is back. I look forward to hearing more about it. And Congrats too on the launch of Photo Botanic!

Saxon Holt January 13, 2015, 12:09 am

Thanks Pam. You do realize previous winners are not eligible ? (not) And didn’t my agent contact your agent on the movie deal ?

carrie January 14, 2015, 10:47 am

Would it be possible to enter the photo contest if you do not have a blog site up and running? I am just beginning the journey and have only procured a domain name…thank you!

Saxon Holt January 14, 2015, 5:36 pm

Carrie – Sure. Most folks do it because they have a blog and it gets mentioned whether or not a prize is awarded. But you can enter without site if you want. I will be asking my photography students at PhotoBotanic.com to enter too. Stay tuned

Oline Petersen January 22, 2015, 5:53 am

Hi Saxon……..
I am really impressed by your post. Specially the photos of the garden. nice to hear about the contest. Besides all gardening is the best hobby and trees our natural best friend.
Thanks 🙂

Saxon Holt January 23, 2015, 12:04 am

Thanks – I hope you will enter…

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