Thursday, May 5, 2016

American Iris Society photo contest May 13-15, 2016

Region 7 of the American Iris Association invites you to participate in the inaugural Photography Contest at the 2016 regional meeting in Murfreesboro, TN. This contest is free and open to everyone with the exception of contest judges and the contest coordinator who are not eligible. A panel of judges will judge the photographs and their decisions will be final. Entry of photographs constitutes permission from Region 7 of the American Iris Society to publish photographs in their publications. There must be irises in the photograph and irises in the photographs should be of the genus Iris. Entries will be judged in the following six (6) classes:
 1. Irises in a landscaped garden, in a home garden, in a field or in nature.
 2. Events & tours (at an iris location), a child, a person or people with irises.
 3. Portraits of a single iris or multiple blooms of the same cultivar (please include the name of the variety of iris or irises if known).
 4. Iris photos with art effects, macro of bloom segments or irises from a different point of view.
 5. Photos of pets, wildlife, spiders, insects or garden art with irises (no individuals in the photo).
 6. Still life – vase of irises or any artistic design with irises.

Any photograph taken by a youth photographer (under 18) in any of the six (6) categories will be judged separately from the adult entrants. BEST IN SHOW and the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD can be won by a youth or an adult.

1.Entries will be accepted in person or if you want to make special arrangements to mail entries to the contest coordinator, you may do so. (Please contact Andrew Buhler, Jr. at or 931-552-7157.) Bring your photo entries to the show during the hours when horticulture entries are accepted – Sat., May 14, 2016, from 7am to 9am, CST, at Riverdale HS in Murfreesboro. All entries, ribbons and prizes must be on display for the entire show and under no circumstances may be picked up until after the show has ended. All entries must be picked up when the show closes at 5pm on Sat., May 15, 2016. Entries not picked up become the property of AIS Region 7 and may be used in future displays, websites and publications. Entries not picked up at the end of the show will not be mailed back to the exhibitor.
2.All entries must be the work of the exhibitor. Any changes to the original image must be the work of the exhibitor and includes manipulation, cropping and enhancing for color/clarity. All entries must celebrate the iris with images of one or more irises as required by the class. All classes are open to color or black and white photographs.
3.Since this is the first year for a photography exhibit/contest at the regional level, there is no time frame as to when the photograph was taken. If you have a great iris photo that was taken five years ago, we want you to enter the photograph into the competition!
4.Exhibitors may enter up to six different photographs – one entry per each of the six classes. For example, if a husband and wife team wants to enter photos into the contest, they both can do so. The husband may enter up to six photos (one in each class) and the wife may enter up to six other photos (one in each class).
5.For this inaugural year, we will accept all types of photographs – even images printed on copier paper – but would prefer all images to be printed on photographic paper. Matte, satin or glossy finishes may be used. The use of white borders around photographs will be accepted as well. The photographs don’t have to be mounted – but mounting is encouraged. You might want to mount each photograph on light weight, stiff card stock, matte board or foam core. Conventional matting may be used, but not required. There is no maximum exhibit size and there is no minimum image size. NO GLASS OR FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS ALLOWED.
6.An index card must accompany each exhibit with the following information provided: name of photographer, city and state, iris club name, title of photograph, number of class entered, name of the iris or irises (if known) and any individuals in the photograph (if known). Youth entries need to also include name of the school the youth attends and current school grade. No points will be deducted if you don’t know the name of the iris in your photograph. PLEASE do not write this information directly on the back of your photograph and don’t paper clip the index card to your photograph as this may cause creasing on the photographic paper.
7.For class one (1), please identify the general area where the flowers were photographed.
8.Please indicate the top of the photograph on the back of the photo.
9.Names, signatures or other identifying marks on the front of the photograph will cause the disqualification of the image in the photo contest.
10Region 7 of AIS will exercise caution in safeguarding exhibits but cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged photographs.
11.Only one first, second, third may be given in each class if merited. Honorable Mentions may be awarded only in classes where the top three awards are given. One photograph will be awarded BEST IN SHOW by the judging committee. A PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD will be voted on by the general public during the hours of the horticulture show (2pm to 5pm).
12.Any questions regarding processes or rules will be answered by contacting Andrew Buhler, Jr. at or 931-552-7157.
13.The recommended scale of points by which the classes are judged include:
a. Creativity - 25 points
b. Composition - 25 points
c. Craft/Technical Skill - 25 points
d. Content, Conformance and Interpretation of Class - 25 points
TOTAL - 100 points