As you take photos, keep Western New York contests in mind

mum by Lisa Neff
Photo by Lisa Neff, who received second place in the Plants Category in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2013 photo contest. Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

If you like gardening, you might like taking photos of gardens and nature.

And if you’ve got some lovely shots, why not enter them into a photo contest?

The deadline for the Jamestown Audubon contest is coming up quickly– June 30– but you have until Dec. 31 to get shots for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens contest.

Jamestown Audubon Society

Anyone from beginners and professionals can enter their images in the fourth annual Nature Photography Contest held by the Jamestown Audubon Society.

The deadline for this competition is June 30.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories and two divisions.

The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.

Youth and Adult winners in the categories of Landscapes, Plants and Wildlife will all receive a $100 cash prize.

Find full details as well as images of winners from previous Nature Photography Contests.

purple leaves by David Niedbala
Photo by David Niedbala, who won third place in the Plants Category in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens’ 2013 photo contest. Photo courtesy Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Amateur photographers only can participate in the 2014 Digital Photo Contest at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. There will be categories for adults (age 18+) teens (ages 12-17) and youth (under 12).

The deadline is Dec. 31.

Photos must be taken at the Botanical Gardens (inside or outside) from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014.

All photos will be considered for President’s Pick Award and will be considered for the cover of the Botanical Gardens’ newsletter.

Photos submitted in each age range will be also considered for the following awards:

  • Best Use of Shadows and Light
  • Most Unusual Vantage Point
  • Best Use of Color
  • Most Artistic
  • Best Use of Macro Photography/Extreme Close-Up

For Botanical Gardens members, the first entry is free and each additional entry is $6. For non-members, each entry is $8.

See more details here.

3 Comments on “As you take photos, keep Western New York contests in mind

  1. What is the difference between amateur and professional with photos? With the advent of digital cameras and the ability of low cost post production software, everyone with a camera seems to be calling themselves a “professional” now a days. Even myself, I have been paid for some of my work, but does that mean I’m a professional? I have a full-time executive job at the casino and do photography as my hobby or interest. I went to school and have a degree in fine arts, but that still doesn’t qualify people as a professional. What is the definition of professional now?

  2. Interesting question. For myself, I would consider myself a professional even though I’ve never been paid for my work per se. I’m a writer, but I take photos and use them here, and this is my business, so I would consider myself a professional photographer when it comes to contests. (I do some bookkeeping for my business, but wouldn’t consider myself a professional bookkeeper. Then again, I don’t know of any bookkeeping contests.) On a practical level, it’s up to the contest to rule whether they consider you a professional. Contact them. And good luck!

  3. Ha, I have a different take than you as you already know from us discussing this subject, but I think if one has a name for themselves locally in photography, it might be a bit unfair entering the amateur category.

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