Participating in the 2014 Chicago Flower & Garden Show's Horticulture Competition is fun, easy and rewarding.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for Photo Competition Rules & Schedule.
If you are considering participating for the first time, there are many resources offered to help you through the process of entering as a first time participant (a.k.a. "exhibitor"). Please take a moment to read through the rules and information provided below. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show also provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with other photographers of all experience levels.
Candace Anderson - The Queen
Best in Class - Lianna Walsh - My First Zinnia
2nd Place - Aidan Walsh - Cotton Candy
3rd Place - Nate H. - Garfield Greenery
Best in Class - Candace Anderson - The Queen
2nd Place - Ellen Stevens - Bleeding Heart Speaks of Love
2nd Place - Gayle H. Harmer - Dining Guests at Dusk in My Garden
3rd Place - Terri Waselchuk - You Go First
3rd Place - Michael Kobe - Lily
Best in Class - Richard Jensen - Visitor in the Garden
2nd Place - Kate Lehman - Untitled
3rd Place - Karen Gordon - Balance
Best in Class - Charapin Pongtornpipat - Sunset on Japanese Island
2nd Place - Kathleen Sletten - Morning Fog, Mvirwoods
3rd Place - Paul Stegmaier - Which Way is Up?
Best in Class - Karen Castillo - Save the Birds
2nd Place - Charapin Pongtornpipat - Beautiful Imposters
3rd Place - Karen Gordon - Lovely Lotus
Best in Class - Karen Geisler - Palmetto Palm
2nd Place - Barry B. Ekstrand - Beauty at the Speed of Light
3rd Place - Kathleen Sletten - Allium
2015 Photography Competition
Registration forms are available here.
In celebration the DO GREEN. DO GOOD., Flower Show Productions, Inc. invites all photographers to the 2015 Chicago Flower and Garden Show: Photography Competition. Carefully read all competition requirements and guidelines and remember, plants only please!
Photography registration is open to Youth: 7-15, (Class 501), and Adult: 16 and older, (class 601-605). Entry is FREE. One entry per class. Employees of Flower Show Productions Inc, associated parties, and their immediate families are not eligible.
All photographs must include plant material. All works must be original to the exhibitor. Photographs may be color, black&white, or sepia. Digital and all film format photographs are welcomed. Matting of photograph is required. WHITE Mat Board Only. Minimum 2" mat width required; mat width must be considered in FINISHED size. FINISHED size should be no less than 8" x 10" and cannot exceed 18” x 24”.
Each photograph must be (separately) registered by completing the 2015 Photography Competition Registration Form.
Label the following information on back of the photograph: Artist name Address E-mail Phone number Class entered Plant identification, (not required but strongly encouraged), Camera (and if applicable film type, used, Photograph orientation, Artist statement or honors (optional).
Photographs must be submitted and received by MAIL WITH ALL REGISTRATION FORMS AND ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY: February 2, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by: February 9, 2015.
Photographs that have won FIRST place at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show are not eligible for re-entry.
Photographs will be individually reviewed by a panel of judges prior to the opening of the show. Photographs will be scored as follows: Creativity, Composition and Technical merit. All winners will be notified before the opening of show. All class winners along with best in show will receive special recognition for the duration of the show. Winnings will be mailed within 60 days after close of show.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BECOME PROPERTY OF THE CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW managed by Flower Show Productions, Inc.
Class 501 NOVICE EYE- Photograph focused on a single plant or flower of your choice.
Adult (16 and older)
Class 601 MACRO- Close-up photograph of plant or flower.
Class 602 LIVE MODELS- People, plants and flowers.
Class 603 LANDSCAPE- Focus on plants and flowers
Class 604 STILL LIFE- Focused around plants and flowers.
Class 605 ABSTRACT- Plants and flowers as primary focus.
Registration/Entry Forms (with photographs) must be sent to this address:
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. #302
Chicago, IL 60642
Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.