Celebrating 60 years – Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society opens entries for the 2022 photography competition

Class 3 Brian Carson Best in Show 2017. Through The Garden Gate

(In 2017, Brian Carson won Best in Show for his photograph titled, Through The Garden Gate. Photo: SGHS)

If you are devoted to photography then this should interest you. Returning this year, the Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society (SGHS) has opened its annual photo competition. The entry deadline for submissions is February 2, 2022. The contest is open to Horticultural Society members, but you can become a member by visiting their website for details.

The classes, judging criteria and rules for the 2022 photo competition are available on their website, by highlighting the Calendar of Events tab, then select SGHS Photography Competitions.

Photos will be judged on horticultural and photographic value, appearance and impact, and must have been taken within 2019-2022. To enter your photographs, submit an email to sghorticultural@gmail.com with the subject line: SG Photo Competition 2022.

This year, there are five Classes under which you can enter your photograph. When naming your photos upon entering, please use the following: Your Name_ Society Name_ (Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society) and Class Number. The classes include:

  • Your Tomatoes – A photo of any colour tomato on the stem, picked or however you wish to present them;
  • Night Light – A photo of light, (artificial, fire, candles, solar or moon) against a pot or garden;
  • Favourite Colour- A photo where one colour is predominant, whether in the garden, container or houseplants;
  • This is my Baby – A special plant with a note explaining its significance;
  • Wildlife in the Garden – A photo of a bird, an animal, or a bug interacting in or around your garden;

The photographs entered into the competition must consist of:

  • 40% Horticultural Value – each photo should contain at least 40% plants, fruits or vegetables, flowers, ornamental plants, or trees.
  • 40% Photographic Value – exposure, clarity, focus, lighting, resolution (2MB or more) and background. Not all phone cameras take high resolution photos. Check your settings.
  • 20% Appearance & Impact – produces a memorable experience to the viewer, transmitting a strong message and leaving traces on their mind and soul. 

Again this year, winners will be announced at the February 15 virtual meeting of the SGHS.

This competition is open to members of the SGHS, but you can become a member by emailing sghorticultural@gmail.com or find out more on their website. Membership is $15 per person or $25 per family.


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