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 May 15, 2018 and July 10, 2018 prior to the ASHS 2018 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. Flowers at Night– These images should be floral material in the garden, flowers in silhouette, in a vase, or even a laboratory or greenhouse but clearly in a night-time setting. Flash photography and LED lighting are permitted. Emphasis should be on the beauty of the flower, with minimal attention to the lighting/background. Examples include a moth visiting a flower at night, or a time exposure of a garden on a moonlit night.
4. Flowering Plants With An Attitude! – We’ve all seen pansies growing out of sidewalk cracks, or native flowers growing on rock surfaces. This category is for any horticultural plan growing in an audacious, amazing or inconceivable way. Examples include extremely large plant specimens, huge colonies or a lone survivor clinging to life in some inhospitable place.
- 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
- 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.”