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Summer in the Garden Photo Contest 2014

“Summer in the Garden” Photo Contest

Winner of 2013 Photo Contest:  Light VesselPhotographers of all ages and skills are invited to participate in ”Summer in the Garden,” a contest sponsored by the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation (KBGF) and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council. The contest span the summer, opening on June 21 and closing on September 21. Winners will have their work displayed at the Arts Council galleries at Shoreline City Hall for three months beginning in November 2014 and then at the Garden. Winning photos will also be eligible for a planned calendar. Members of KBGF, the Arts Council, and others will judge the contest.


Photo Contest Rules

The contest is open to all photographers with the exception of employees, Board Members of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and KBGF and their immediate families.

Photos must have been taken at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. The Garden is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10 AM to 5 PM. No more than five photos may be entered. Entries must be submitted electronically using the JPEG format. The winning photographs will be enlarged (8 x 10 inches to 11 x 14 inches); therefore, high-resolution photographs are recommended. Submit photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 21, 2014.

Entrants retain ownership of their photos to use them as they wish. By submitting photos, entrants grant the Foundation and Council an irrevocable non-exclusive license to reproduce, publish, circulate or otherwise use the photos in any medium. Photographers will always be credited for their work.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (High Dynamic Range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range, and similar processes for extended depth of field. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others, which do not show the scene in its natural way.

Photographs will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Adults and students will be judged separately. All decisions by the judges will be final and binding.

Winning photos will be displayed in the Arts Council galleries at Shoreline City Hall and at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden.