Chicago Flower Show




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.

2014 Photography Competition Winners

Best in Show

Candace Anderson - The Queen

501 - Novice Eye

Best in Class - Lianna Walsh - My First Zinnia

2nd Place - Aidan Walsh - Cotton Candy

3rd Place - Nate H. - Garfield Greenery

601 - Macro

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

602 - Live Models

Best in Class - Richard Jensen - Visitor in the Garden

2nd Place - Kate Lehman - Untitled

3rd Place - Karen Gordon - Balance

603 - Landscape

Best in Class - Charapin Pongtornpipat - Sunset on Japanese Island

2nd Place - Kathleen Sletten - Morning Fog, Mvirwoods

3rd Place - Paul Stegmaier - Which Way is Up?

604 - Still Life

Best in Class - Karen Castillo - Save the Birds

2nd Place - Charapin Pongtornpipat - Beautiful Imposters

3rd Place - Karen Gordon - Lovely Lotus

605 - Abstract

Best in Class - Karen Geisler - Palmetto Palm

2nd Place - Barry B. Ekstrand - Beauty at the Speed of Light

3rd Place - Kathleen Sletten - Allium

A special thank you to all of our 2014 participants!


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.  



Youth (7-15)
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:

Photo Competition

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. #302

Chicago, IL 60642


Questions can be addressed to



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