Break Out Your Cameras! It is Photo Contest Time

Mar 8, 2023


The 2023 UC Master Gardener Conference photo contest categories have been revealed. It's time to showcase your photography skills in the conference photo contest! Whether you've captured the beauty of a perfectly bloomed flower, your bountiful harvest, a native plant garden, or the joy of sharing your knowledge with others, we want to see your best shots. 

Join us in celebrating the beauty of nature and the dedication of UC Master Gardeners everywhere by submitting your photos. Stay tuned for the official photo contest kick-off on June 15, 2023 when photo submission begins! In the meantime, start taking photos that fit into the below five categories.

Photo Contest Categories: 

Get Growing

Submit your photos that capture the beauty and process of growing plants, whether it's in a container or a home, community garden, or school garden. We're looking for photos that showcase the various stages of plant growth, from seed to harvest, and the hard work and dedication that goes into cultivating healthy plants. The photos can be of individual plants or a collection of plants, and should showcase the beauty of nature and the joy of gardening.

Garden Lessons

It is no secret that UC Master Gardeners love teaching others about gardening and sharing knowledge, this category is for photos that capture the educational aspect of gardening, whether it's learning about new plants, techniques, or sustainability practices. We're looking for photos that showcase the knowledge-sharing aspect of gardening, whether it's a group of people learning together, a gardening workshop, or a demonstration of a new gardening skill. The photos should capture the passion and enthusiasm for gardening, and the sense of community and connection that comes from sharing knowledge and experiences!


Lovely Landscaping

California is blessed with seven different growing zones, which means we have a lot of variety of maintained landscapes. This category is for photos that showcase the artistry and creativity of landscaping. We're looking for photos of beautiful and inspiring outdoor spaces that have been designed and maintained with care and attention to detail. The photos can be of gardens, parks, or other outdoor spaces, and should capture the beauty of the plants, the harmony of the design, and the peacefulness of the setting.

Garden Fails

Even the most seasoned pro has garden fails. This category is for photos that capture the humorous and often frustrating moments that come with gardening. We're looking for photos of unexpected mishaps, gardening mistakes, and funny situations that occur in the garden. The photos can be of plant fails, garden tools gone wrong, or humorous garden signs. The photos should showcase the lighter side of gardening, and highlight the lessons learned through trial and error.

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Garden Bounty

You work so hard to grow food, don't forget to take a photo and show it off. Share photos that showcase the abundance and diversity of homegrown produce. We're looking for photos of gardeners with their harvest, baskets of fruits and vegetables, or close-ups of the produce itself. The photos should capture the joy and pride of growing and harvesting your own food, and the benefits of eating fresh, healthy, and sustainable produce. The photos can be of individual plants or an entire garden and should showcase the variety and beauty of the harvest.

Contest Details

  • Photo submissions June 15 - August 28, 2023
  • Voting opens in September
  • All images must be the original work of the photographer submitting the image
  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • Open to the public, must be 18 years or older
  • Only UC Master Gardeners are eligible for prizes
    • Prizes are in the process of finalization

Photo Contest Website: 

By Lauren Snowden
Author - Statewide Training Coordinator
By Melissa Womack