UGJ Winter Photo Contest

The entry period has now ended, but stay tuned for information on how to vote for your favorite winter photo. Judging will occur over the summer and winners will be announced in the November-December 2017 Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.


Winter in upstate New York can feel very long, especially if it’s spent mostly inside. We’re encouraging all of you amateur photographers to get out there in the garden and capture it in its winter beauty!

Here are the rules/details:

  1. Photographs must be (or have been) taken between December 21, 2016, and March 20, 2017, and submitted by April 1, 2017. Five entries are allowed per person, and there is no fee to enter. Please include with each entry:
    • Location photo was taken
    • Photo title
    • Photo category (see #8)
    • Your name
    • Address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
  2. Photographs must be taken in upstate New York, roughly within the circulation area of the magazine—use your best judgment here.
  3. Digital images should be uploaded using the form below OR burned onto a CD and mailed to Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 1140 Ridge Crest Drive, Victor, NY 14564. Prints may be mailed to the same address and should be no larger than 8 x 10. DVDs, prints, etc., will remain the property of the UGJ and will not be returned.
  4. Digital images should be in JPG format, no smaller than 1 MB and no larger than 10 MB. Because of bandwidth constraints, images larger than 6.5 MB must be compressed in .ZIP format when using online upload form.
  5. All images submitted will be subject to use by the UGJ in any format or medium, for any editorial or promotional purpose. Photographer will receive credit for UGJ magazine use and elsewhere as is possible and appropriate.
  6. There will be prizes! The top winner in each category will receive a prize, as well as the overall winner, whose work will also be featured as the cover image on the November-December 2017 UGJ.
  7. Contest is for amateurs only.
  8. Categories are as follows:
    - Scenes
    – Plants
    – Wildlife
    – Enhanced
    *Print and digital images may be adjusted as needed to achieve an optimum realistic appearance. That is, the same things you would control when making a straight-forward physical print, e.g. exposure, contrast, color balance, cropping, etc., you may also modify in a digital file. Manipulation beyond that, whether manual or digital, puts the entry into the “Enhanced” category. Again, use best judgment.
  9. Contest will be judged anonymously, on the basis of creativity, quality and effectiveness in conveying the beauty of winter by:
    Kate Melton, professional photographer (
    Brian Eshenaur, horticulturalist, technical editor, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.
    Ted Collins, horticulturalist, writer, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Joyce Trudel January 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Do you have the rules/details for this year’s (2015-2016) winter photo contest?

I await your reply.

Many thanks,

Joyce Trudel


cathym April 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

The Winter Photo Contest is taking a hiatus this year. It will be back for the 2016-2017 winter season!


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