|2017 KMHS Photography Competition Categories|
|Our theme for the 2017 photography competition is “Elements of Garden Design”.
Beautiful gardens are everywhere – members are encouraged to photograph their gardens, walk their neighborhoods, visit parks or submit photos from holiday destinations.
All photos must feature plants, gardens or scenes with horticultural elements:
|Class 1||“Container Gardens”: A garden contained within a pot, hanging basket or other interesting vessel|
|Class 2||“Colour”: A common colour scheme in a group of plants, or an array of colours that work well together|
|Class 3||“Water Feature”: A pond, bird bath, fountain, rain barrel or other water holding object|
|Class 4||“Layers in the Garden”: Small, medium and tall plants that create a view from the ground to the top of a fence or tree|
|Class 5||“Hardscape Features”: A winding path, stone wall, patio, fence, gate, gazebo, pergola or arbour with plants|
|Class 6||“Art in the Garden”: Statues, bird house or feeder, mobile, wind chime or other decorative elements|
|For all categories, the first and second place photographs will be featured on the monthly pages of the 2018 KMHS Yearbook. The cover photo will be selected as “best in show” chosen by our judge, from the 12 photos that will be published on the monthly pages. Our judge for the 2017 competition will be Anne Johnston from the Ottawa Horticultural Society.
There is no restriction on the dates on which the photos were taken, however photos taken in the past two years are preferred.
2017 Contest Rules
Each photographer has a preference for certain lighting conditions, some say hazy sun or bright shade is better, others prefer bright sun for their close-ups. Experiment to see what you like. However, garden pictures are better with uniform lighting, sun or shade, rather than a shadow across half the garden. The
Have a subject – watch for distracting backgrounds. Tell a story. Select a point of view carefully. Unity is better than a lot of little pieces. Emphasize your point. Composition is better when there is:
A horticultural photo should not include the shadow of the photographer, feet, or people who have no relationship to the subject, or other common distractions. Try taking several shots of the same flowerbed or portrait, at different angles at different times.
Date Stamp on Photos
Unlike print film cameras, all digital cameras provide “metafile” data as part of the picture file and it includes information about camera settings and the date and time the picture was taken, so there is never a need to place date information on the picture itself. Editing out a date stamp prior to placing the picture in our Yearbook takes needless time and effort.