UGJ Winter Photo Contest

Announcing the 13th Annual Upstate Gardeners’ Journal Winter Photo Contest!

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, 2022, and March 20, 2023, and submitted by April 1, 2023. 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 #9)
    • 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 saved onto a USB drive and mailed to Upstate Gardeners’ Journal, 1501 East Avenue, Suite 210, Rochester, NY 14610. Unfortunately, we cannot accept printed entries.
  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 2023 UGJ.
  7. Contest is for amateurs only.
  8. Previous year (2022) contest winners are NOT eligible to win in 2023, but may enter the contest again in 2024.
  9. Categories are as follows:
    – Scenes
    – Plants
    – Wildlife
    – Enhanced
    *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.
  10. Contest will be judged anonymously, on the basis of creativity, quality and effectiveness in conveying the beauty of winter by:
    Kate Melton, professional photographer
    Jessie Richards,  artist and photographer (Blue Eyed Lass Photography)
    Brian Eshenaur, horticulturalist, technical editor, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

Ready? Enter here:


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Michele December 27, 2022 at 2:17 pm

Hi Cathy,
I was told by a friend that there is a winter photo contest. Has it started yet, and if so, how do I enter?



cathym January 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm

The website has been updated and entries are now being accepted. Thanks for your patience!


Arthur Tuite December 20, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Hello, Beautiful entries in the winter contest. I’m looking for detail on how to enter the photo contest that starts tomorrow. I’ll look tomorrow, perhaps I’m jumping the gun.


cathym December 20, 2020 at 4:03 pm

Thank you! Please do check back— the photo contest will go live on the first day of winter.



Donna LaPlante March 24, 2020 at 11:07 am

I just uploaded 3 entries this morning. It will not allow me to upload my 4th entry.


cathym March 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

Hi Donna,
Sorry you are having trouble. We have an upload limit of 8mb I believe. If your image is larger than that, please email it to me directly with the photo information.

Thank you,


Donna LaPlante March 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm

the image is only 2.36mb


janem March 24, 2020 at 1:39 pm

Hi Donna! Sorry about that. Could you please email it to Cathy at Thanks!


Donna LaPlante March 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm

I logged off, and logged back on…it worked. Thank you.

JOHN EJAIFE March 23, 2020 at 8:07 pm

It is taking a n awfully long time to download an image


cathym March 24, 2020 at 11:11 am

Hi John,
Were you able to successfully upload? If not, please email the image to me directly:



Donna LaPlante February 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Would Sodus NY, and Castile NY be within the circulation area?


janem February 22, 2020 at 5:50 pm



Donna LaPlante January 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm

The website will not let me upload my picture. First try was 6.2 mb jpg. Second try was same picture saved smaller at 3.18 mb jpg. Still states in red “There was an error uploading your file.


cathym January 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Hi Donna,
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I am troubleshooting the issue right now and will respond again once it has been fixed.

Thank you for your patience,


cathym January 20, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Hi Donna,
The upload malfunction has been fixed. Please try uploading your image again, and let me know if you have an further problems with uploading. Thank you for entering the contest!



Donna LaPlante January 24, 2020 at 5:55 am

It worked. Thanks :)


cathym March 25, 2020 at 11:21 pm

Hi Donna,
Glad to hear it worked!


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