The Annual Photographic Competition is open to all members of The Wild Flower Society.

The Competitive Classes

  1. Habitat: A photograph of a plant or plant community within its environment or locality.
  2. Plant Portrait: A photograph of a plant that illustrates its uniqueness while at the same time revealing something of its ‘character’ – whatever that character might be.
  3. Close-up: A photograph that reveals in a more scientific way the uniqueness of a plant by a close-up photograph.
  4. Foreign Fields: A photograph of a plant or plant community that is clearly seen to be growing in a foreign country.
  5. Human Element: A photograph that concentrates on botanical personalities and/or their activities. Please ask any person involved for their permission, before submitting the picture.

Non-Competitive Class – “Shoot and Show”

If you don’t want to enter the main competition but would still like to share your photograph(s) with others, then bring your prints along to the AGM. To make this section more interesting, those members attending the AGM will be asked to vote for their favourite picture in this section on a voting slip provided. The winner will receive a small prize from the organiser of the competition.

General Information

Photographs may either be submitted electronically as digital images or by prints. In either case the photographer’s name and the class number for which the photograph is being entered, e.g., Class 2, etc should be clearly indicated either on the reverse of the photograph or electronically. A photograph will not be eligible without this information. Printed photographs submitted must be no smaller than 125mm x 175mm (5” x 7”) and no larger than 310mm x 380mm (12” x 15”) and mounted on card, with or without a border. This helps to stop the photograph from curling during display. Digital images must be submitted at full resolution. The winning digital entries (first three places if appropriate) in each class will be commercially printed in A4 size and mounted so that they can be displayed at the AGM. Please ensure that your picture will fit in A4 size, which might necessitate some cropping accordingly.

Each entrant can submit up to three photographs per class. Please do not submit exact or similar images across the classes.

Photographs of vascular plants in their flowering, vegetative or fruiting stage including ferns and allies such as club-mosses, quillworts and horsetails are permitted. Photographs of fungi or bryophytes are excluded. In the Human Element class, there are no restrictions of subject matter; the class being self-explanatory. Please ensure that any person(s) involved in the photograph gives their permission for it to be entered and displayed. In the Foreign Fields class, it is not enough just to photograph a foreign plant. The ‘foreignness’ of the plant in its habitat must be seen in the picture.

Printed photograph(s) and digital entries must be submitted to the Photograph Competition organiser no later than the published last date of receipt which, will be found in the WFS Spring magazine. The postal address and email address of the organiser will be published each year in the Wild Flower Society Year Book.
Provided that suitable postage is included, the organiser will return printed photographs within four weeks of the AGM. All the photographs will be judged by persons other than the organiser, each of whom will not have the entrants’ names revealed to them. The winning results will be published in the winter issue of the WFS magazine.

Whilst the photographer will retain the copyright of the photograph, the Wild Flower Society reserves the right to use the entries for publicity or to be printed in the WFS magazine or published on the WFS Website.

The Violet Schwerdt trophy will be awarded to the competition’s overall best entry and can be awarded for a maximum of three times to any one individual. The trophy will be retained for one year by the winner.

Violet Schwerdt Trophy
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