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Contest & Prizes | BEST GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS 2007

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2007 WINNERS!

Winners Will Be Notified Personally and Prizes Awarded.
Everyone who entered should be proud, you all did great!

Judge Saxon Holt - General Comments About 2007 Photography Contest:

Overall there were many nice images, but I might advise contestants to compose photos tighter, and deadhead out spent blossoms. When photographing flowers try to get parallel to the blossoms and not shoot down on them. Be creative, take chances; look for that essential element that depicts the subject, and try to convey a mood with that element. Photography is an ongoing learning experience, so just keep at it. You all did great, and congratulations to the winners!


 


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  2007 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: Sunny in The Garden


Judge's Comments:

Interestingly enough, I didn't award this image the winning prize for its own category. One of the reasons it won overall, is because it really had best use of the theme "In The Garden." In addition, it has very strong composition, with the main area of the subject (being the dog) set off center. It has good use of a filter, and the biggest thing that made this image the Grand Winner is that it would make a great greeting card and look outstanding in print. It's easy to take digital images, but for those images to be able to stand up to scrutiny in print, is very hard. This image not only does that, but it is charming in mood and character, and therefore is the Grand Prize Winner.






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  Category:
Annuals

2007 Winner

Dazyl Young
Bacolod City, Philippines

Picture: Pretty In Pink


Judge's Comments:

I liked this picture because it filled up the frame nicely. Many entries this year were taken very far away from the subject matter. There is more drama when the picture fills the frame fully. There is a nice focus on the anthers with nice complimenting colors in the background. Overall - very well done.





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  Category:
Annuals

2007 Honorable Mention

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: Zinnia on the verge of blooming






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  Category:
Birds In The Garden

2007 Winner

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: Catch Me If You Can


Judge's Comments:

Technically very strong. Captured the moment very well, great composition with the yellow in the background complimenting the color of the bird. Good technical ability and use of flash.






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  Category:
Bulbs, Tubers, Corms, Rhizomes

2007 Winner

Laurie Painter
Silver Cliff, WI, USA

Picture: Aunt's Daylilies


Judge's Comments:

Technically strong photograph. Would look good in print publication. Good composition. Fills up the frame nicely.






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  Category:
Butterflies and Insects

2007 Winner

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: Me First!


Judge's Comments:

Nice composition, very clear. Great at "Capturing The Moment". Technically very strong with both bees so clearly photographed.





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  Category:
Butterflies and Insects

2007 Honorable Mention

Jeff Bowman
Marysville, WA, USA

Picture: Dragonfly


Judge's Comments:

Technically out of focus, but very dramatic and very creative.






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  Category:
Fruits and Vegetables

2007 Winner

Roger Champagne
Montreal, QC, CA

Picture: Cherries


Judge's Comments:

Nice composition, but over all image could be lighter; it's kind of dark. Nice show of healthy fruit, nice leaves hanging down creating a good "feeling".






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  Category:
Home Landscape

2007 Winner

Darien Duran
Katy, TX, USA

Picture: My Argola


Judge's Comments:

Many entries in this category forgot that this was a best garden photography contest, and simply sent in snapshots of their yards. This photograph was chosen because of its strong composition. It creates a "looking straight down the tunnel" feeling. Overall it is an inviting scene, and makes you want to be there.






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  Category:
Houseplants and Tropicals

2007 Winner

Scott Young
Katy, TX, USA

Picture: Venus Flytrap Flower Spike


Judge's Comments:

Nice composition, the photographer was trying something different here. Shot at eye level which gives good sense of scale and is nice. Tried to use composition with line with the stem. Suggestion: Could have come in tighter and been more abstract.






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  Category:
Perennials

2007 Winner

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: "The Gift"


Judge's Comments:

This image was strongly considered for overall Grand Winner. Very strong composition, technically very strong, over all just an extremely well done photograph.






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  Category:
Pets Or Animals In The Garden

2007 Winner

Leah Meyer
Orleans, Ontario, CA

Picture: Rassi Looking At The Gate


Judge's Comments:

The dog in the photo really caught a mood, and has very strong composition. It created a great "Sense Of The Moment" and "Sense Of Movement Through The Photograph" which is ideal.





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  Category:
Pets Or Animals In The Garden

2007 Honorable Mention

Karlene Aune
Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

Picture: "Peeking Duck"


Judge's Comments:

Both this image and "A New Day Has Begun" were quite strong. Good job.






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  Category:
Roses

2007 Winner

Nina-Marie Ackerman
Weaverville, CA, USA

Picture: Lady Banks Rose


Judge's Comments:

Technically very good, this image was considered for the Grand Prize. Lighting here is superb, because the light is hitting the roses and highlighting 1 cluster, as opposed to the whole bush being lighted. If the leaf wasn't there this would be a great poster and look great in print. Very strong composition.





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  Category:
Roses

2007 Honorable Mention

Waco Bankston
Monroe, LA, USA

Picture: Double Delight Hybrid Tea Rose


Judge's Comments:

The lighting is technically weak, too dark, but nice composition.






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  Category:
Trees and Shrubs

2007 Winner

Sandra Calderon
Concord, Ontario, CA

Picture: Fall Color


Judge's Comments:

Very strong composition. The trunk of the tree creates a nice line and the light coming through the branches is very good.





Category: Containers

Judge's Comments:

This was another category that people forgot this was a best gardening photography contest. While many of the containers entered are beautiful as far as gardening goes, the images were simply snapshots of garden scenes. Because of a lack of a clear "Good Photograph" there was no winner selected for this category.











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