Photographic Competition

 

The HOS Photographic Competition is held annually during the HOS Autumn Southern Meeting. Winning pictures are usually published in the HOS Journal and on the HOS website. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy is awarded to the best image in any format in the competition. The trophy may be held for one year, and must then be returned.

Those members who wish to enter but cannot attend the meeting may send their photos in advance to the Photographic Competition Organiser.

Digital image classes will be judged prior to the meeting and the winning photographs will be projected for the audience at the Autumn Southern Meeting.

In addition to the competititive entries, HOS is always pleased to mount an exhibition of members’ non-competitive photographs.

Additional details and submission deadlines will be placed on this website in advance of the Autumn Southern Meeting (2017 details below).

Our judge Jon Evans published a summary article "Submitting Entries to the Photographic Competition" in the July 2017 JHOS. To view the complete article CLICK HERE.

Next HOS Photographic Competition
Kidlington, November 19th 2017

Entry details

Digital entries should be emailed by 16th October 2017 to Neil Evans at: neilevans@hardyorchidsociety.org.

Send notification of entries for print classes to Steve Pickersgill by 6th November 2017 at photocomp@hardyorchidsociety.org. For entrants who are unable to attend the meeting Steve will accept postal entries by the same date, SAE if return of pictures is required.  Please email Steve for the address for postal entries.

NOTE the Schedule of Classes and Rules have been amended and can be found below

The next Scientific Show will be held at the Autumn meeting, details can be found HERE.

Results from the 2016 HOS Photographic Competition

Go to winning photographs from recent HOS Photography Shows:
2016; 2015; 2014; 2013 ; 2012 ; 2011 ; 2010 ; 2009 ; 2008 ; 2007 ; 2006 ; archive


View slideshow of HOS Photography Shows:
2006 to 2008 ; 2009 to 2011 ; 2012 ; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016
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All image files have been provided by HOS members, who retain the copyright to their photographs - none of the pictures may be reproduced without the owner's permission

Details of the Photographic Show Classes and Rules follow
Download a .pdf file with details of Classes and Rules

Schedule of Classes for Photographic Competition

  1. A view of an area (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, print size up to 7x5 inches
  2. A group of orchids containing at least three flower spikes. These can be all the same species/hybrid or a mixed group, print size up to 7x5 inches (see Rule 10)
  3. A single orchid spike, print size up to 7x5 inches (see Rule 11)
  4. A close-up of an orchid, showing one or more entire inflorescence(s), print size up to 7x5 inches
  5. A close-up of an orchid showing part of an inflorescence, print size up to 7x5 inches
  6. A view of an area (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, print size up to A4
  7. A group of orchids containing at least three flower spikes. These can be all the same species/hybrid or a mixed group, print size up to A4 (see Rule 10)
  8. A single orchid spike, print size up to A4 (see Rule 11)
  9. A close-up of an orchid, showing one or more entire inflorescence(s), print size up to A4
  10. A close-up of an orchid showing part of an inflorescence, print size up to A4
  11. A view of an area (landscape or habitat) showing orchids in their natural environment, in jpeg form
  12. A group of orchids containing at least three flower spikes. These can be all the same species/hybrid or a mixed group, in jpeg form (see Rule 10)
  13. A single orchid spike, in jpeg form (see Rule 11)
  14. A close-up of an orchid, showing one or more entire inflorescence(s), in jpeg form
  15. A close-up of an orchid showing part of an inflorescence, in jpeg form
  16. Novice class, any hardy orchid print, size up to A4 (see Rule 12)
  17. A hardy orchid subject that has been manipulated creatively using any advanced software technique to create an artistic image. Print maximum size A4


Members entering any print classes must send jpegs of their prints to the Photographic Competition Organiser. Members will receive details of the arrangements for this in the email acknowledging notification of their entries.

Photographic Competition Rules

It is important that orchids and orchid sites are not damaged by HOS members. Please take extra care when photographing orchids and other plants.
Heavy fines may be imposed if plants are damaged.

  1. Judging is based on the quality of the pictures, not on the rarity of the plants.
  2. Plants may be wild or cultivated, but only ‘hardy’ plants are acceptable.
  3. Members must inform the Photographic Competition Organiser, in advance, which print classes they are entering. Contact details of the Organiser, and deadline dates for entry, will be notified well in advance in the Journal and on the website.
  4. Each member may enter one picture only in each Class.
  5. Pictures entered previously in HOS competitions are not permitted.
  6. All entries for any class must be photographed within the current or preceding calendar year.
  7. The name of the member entering a print must appear on the back only.
  8. Each print must be accompanied by a small title note naming the plant and providing any information of interest to members. The print must be unmounted and placed in a plastic sleeve; it is the responsibility of the member entering the photograph to supply the plastic sleeve. The title note must either be in the sleeve with the print or stuck firmly on the outside of the plastic sleeve so that it is clearly visible when the print is displayed. The sleeve is essential for protection while on display and to ensure that the title and the photograph are not separated – entries without it will not be accepted. This applies to prints brought to the Show and those posted to the Organiser in advance. Sleeves will not be supplied by the Organiser for postal entries or at the show.
  9. For entrants who cannot attend the meeting, the Organiser will accept postal entries (prints) by the deadline date. Prints cannot be returned by post unless an sae is provided. Members can collect their prints at the end of the meeting or arrange for someone else to do this for them. The Organiser will bring all uncollected prints to subsequent meetings up to and including the meeting when the next year’s Photographic Competition is held. Members may collect them from the Organiser at any of these meetings.
  10. When a class states ‘a group of orchids’, the picture must include the point where the stem or leaves is/are first visible above the ground, or surrounding vegetation, to the top of the plant.
  11. When a class states ‘a single orchid spike’, the picture must include the point where the stem or leaves is/are first visible above the ground, or surrounding vegetation, to the top of the plant.
  12. For Class 16, a Novice is defined as an HOS Member who has never been placed First in any class in any HOS Photographic Competition.
  13. Images, both prints and digital, may have minor adjustments to improve quality and limited manipulation to remove distracting items.
  14. For Classes 11 to 15, jpeg images should be emailed to the digital entries organiser with your name, contact details, a list of image titles, the classes they are entered in, and a note naming the plant. None of this information should appear on the images themselves. For large images use a file transfer service (details for transfer of large files can be found on the website). Contact details of the digital entries organiser, and deadline dates for entry, will be notified well in advance in the Journal and on the website.

It is important that orchids and orchid sites are not damaged by HOS members. Please take extra care when photographing orchids and other plants. Heavy fines may be imposed if plants are damaged.