UGJ Winter Photo Contest

The 9th Annual Upstate Gardeners’ Journal Winter Photo Contest is on!

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 20, 2018, and March 19, 2019, and submitted by April 1, 2019. 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, 390 Hillside Avenue, 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 2019 UGJ.
  7. Contest is for amateurs only.
  8. Categories are as follows:
    – Student (grades 5-12)
    – 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.
  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 (
    Elizabeth Pellet,  professional photographer (
    Brian Eshenaur, horticulturalist, technical editor, Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

Ready? Enter here:


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrey Oloan January 8, 2019 at 10:08 am


I just noticed for the 9th annual Winter Photo Contest states that the picture must be taken between December 20, 2019, and March 19, 2019, I’m assuming that is December 20, 2018, not 2019? Also, what is considered amateur photographer?

Thank you,

Andrey Oloan


cathym January 8, 2019 at 10:48 am

Hi Audrey-
You are correct- the starting date was December 20th, 2018. Thank you for catching that error.

We define an amateur photographer as someone who does not receive monetary compensation for their photography. This does not mean that this contest is limited to the hobbyist– we welcome students who are taking photography courses to enter if they do not charge a fee for photography services, prints, or digital files of their work.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thank you!


Carol Ivsan September 14, 2018 at 12:40 am

So beautiful – suitable for framing!


Cindy schmid December 11, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Please forward info for 2017 photo contest.

I was given the date from a friend. My son is interested.

Also were can we pickup your journal.


cathym December 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

The Winter Photo Contest for 2018 will begin on the first day of winter and the information will be here:

A list of distributers may be found here:



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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