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Digital Photo Contest Entry - Sponsored by Pi Alpha Xi

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Pi Alpha Xi established a photography contest in 1996 to be held annually in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science. The purpose of the contest is to promote Pi Alpha Xi (PAX) to ASHS membership, to support PAX's scholarship program, and to encourage horticulture-related photography. Contestants need not be members of PAX to participate.

This year's competition will take place between June 15, 2017 and August 10, 2017 prior to the ASHS 2017 Annual Conference.

One does not have to be a member of Pi Alpha Xi to submit an entry. All horticulture-related subjects and commodities are welcome, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, all plant habits, landscapes, production situations, and traditional horticultural settings.

This year the categories for entry will be:

1. Perfect Partners– These images represent what the photographer believes to be outstanding plant combinations. These can be container, bed or floral design compositions. The images should show clearly how the two plant partners are being used, IE landscape setting, etc.

2. Horticulture In The Kitchen – Images should show the end result of horticultural products we use for food. The horticultural product must be recognizable to the viewer, example: Apple Pie cut-away. Fruits, Roots, Tubers, Leafy Greens, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices are all fair game.

3. Serendipity – This image must represent a rare or unexpected, or “right place, right time” moment that the photographer did not, could not, control or stage during the taking of the image. Examples: Coconut palms at sunset, frost on strawberries, Erythrina in full bloom in a fog, fall color on Heuchera, or a hail decimated garden would qualify.

4. Garden Visitors – Humans are not the only entity that engages gardens. Images are to show other life forms visiting / interacting with gardens, landscapes and indoor plants. In this category, staging of animals/insects etc, is permitted. However, the image must be balanced in regards to the impact of the visitor and the horticultural item. Specifically, close ups of cats and dogs no do not qualify. A cat sleeping inside a carved pumpkin, a hummingbird visiting a flower, or a deer munching on pansies would qualify.

Competition Notes


  • Once registration is received, you will receive information on how to upload your photograph.
  • Price is $10 per entry with a maximum of 8 entries/person (maximum 2 per category). 
  • All entries must have a TITLE and CAPTION or they will not be considered by the judges.
  • In the interest of judging fair comparisons, it is recommended that photos have a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 and not exceed 2056 x 1532.
  • Judging will be blind and all images will be randomized within the judging sequence.
  • All participants are welcome to review “Creating a Better Image: An Introduction to Selected Rules of Composition.
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