Photo contest: botanic gardens

By Aaron Smith 1 November 2010
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Get down to your nearest botanic garden and get snapping for the chance to have your garden photos featured.

FANCY YOURSELF AS A budding photographer, or maybe even a seasoned professional? Well now is your chance to show the fruits of your labour. Just get into any botanic garden in Australia and get shooting. There’s over $12,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

All you have to do for the competition, which is run by the Friends of the Gardens organisation, is to submit digital photographs online that capture plants, people or a special place taken in your favourite Australian botanic garden.

With one in every capital city and many country towns, there’s plenty to choose from. Judges will be looking for the most striking and memorable images that imbue the essence of the garden you choose – its unique characteristics. But remember to get permission to photograph people if they are clearly identifiable.

Pam Milthorpe, the contest’s curator says, “Every garden is unique and different. We’re hoping this competition not only offers a different perspective of various botanic garden around Australia, but also shows a connectedness.”

Open to professional, amateur and student photographers, there are nine different categories that will be judged. These include: Up Close Macro, Botanic Specimens, Remarkable Trees, Views and Vistas, Garden Art, Creatures of the Garden, Behind the Scenes, Rest and Play and Special Events.

Entry fee is $6 per photo and there is no limit to how many times you can enter.

Winning photos will be showcased in a major Botanic Gardens Exhibition. As well as receiving professional feedback. First prize is $8000 cash plus the title of Botanic Gardens Photographer of the Year. Second prize is $1500 cash, while third is $500 cash. Fourth place receives $400 worth of photographic printing.

This  competition is being run on behalf of the Friends  of The Gardens. Entries Close 10, December 2010. For full details, go to the website.