Snap a Photo and Win!

We're looking for your best color photos depicting your favorite scenes from your garden: close-ups, portraits or long shots of plants or critters; borders; beds; and more. Upload your prettiest, most dramatic photos and you could win one of four prizes.

Photos will be judged on composition, focus, creative perspective, subject matter, color and texture.

2013 1st place winner: Marcie Fowler, Tenmile, OR

Here's what you could win:

1st Prize: Ryobi 40V-X Expand-It String Trimmer, 40V Brushless Chainsaw, 40V Hedge Trimmer, 40V Jet Fan Blower
Value: $696

2nd Prize: Black & Decker 36V 19-inch Self-Propelled Rechargeable Mower with Removable Battery
Value: $400

3rd Prize: Excalibur 5-Tray Non-Timer Dehydrator
Value: $200

Honorable Mention Prize (9 winners): Gift Card from The Cook's Garden
Value: $50


  • Upload or send no more than three photos per member.
  • Digital images are preferred, but we will accept color prints.
  • Digital photos must be the highest resolution possible (taken with 2.5-megapixel camera or higher) and formatted as a 300 dpi 5x7 inch JPEGs.
  • Print photos must be 5x7 inches or larger. Use high-quality photographic paper.
  • f you send a CD, label the CD and the case.
  • Do not upload digitally compressed or "zipped" photos.
  • Label every item of physical entries with member number, name, address and daytime phone number.
  • Provide common and botanical names (if known) for all plants, and identify insects, animals, etc.
  • Identify any people in photos and their relationship to you.

Printed entries can be mailed to:
National Home Gardening Club
Garden Photo Contest
12301 Whitewater Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55343-9447

We regret that we cannot return any materials or acknowledge receipt of entries.

Photo guidelines and tips

  • Avoid shooting in bright sunlight. Gardens photograph best in early morning, late afternoon or on hazy days.
  • Use a tripod for sharp focus.
  • Don't include distracting elements, such as stray garden hoses or garbage cans, in the photograph.
  • Don't use special effects or shapes in cropping, and make sure your camera's time/date stamp is turned off.