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Summer in the Garden Photo Contest

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Photo Contest


NOTE: The KBG Photo Contest has been extended and expanded! We are now looking for photographs from all seasons. Submit your photos by October 27 for consideration. See below rules for submission info.

Photographers of all ages and skills are invited to participate in the photo contest sponsored by the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation (KBGF) and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Submit your photos by October 27 to Eric Swenson, Arts in the Garden Committee Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Students and adults will be judged separately. Winners will have their work displayed at the Arts Council galleries at Shoreline City Hall in November 2013 and at the Garden in December 2013. Photos will also be eligible for a calendar that will be for sale in December 2013. Members of KBGF and the Council will judge the contest, led by Seattle garden photographer David Perry.

Photo Contest Rules

The contest is open to all photographers except employees and Board Members of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation and their immediate families.

Photos must have been taken at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden at any time. The Garden is open Fridays-Sundays, 10 AM to 5 PM. No more than five photos may be submitted. Entries must be submitted electronically using the JPEG format. Higher resolution photos are at an advantage—optimal resolution is 300 dpi.

Entrants retain ownership of their photos to use them as they wish. By submitting photos, entrants grant the Foundation and Council an irrevocable non-exclusive license to reproduce, publish, circulate or otherwise use the photos in any medium now in existence or to be established, throughout the world in perpetuity. Photographers will always be credited for their work.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (High Dynamic Range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range, and similar processes for extended depth of field. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others, which do not show the scene in its natural way.

Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Adults and students will be judged separately. All decisions by the judges will be final and binding.

Winning photos will be displayed in the Arts Council galleries at Shoreline City Hall and at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden.