The HOS Photographic Competition is held annually during the HOS Autumn Southern Meeting. Winning pictures are 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.

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.

HOS Photographic Competition 2021

The 2021 Competition is planned for Sunday 21st November as part of the Southern Autumn Meeting at Kidlington. Digital Entries are to be emailed to Neil before 16th October 2021. If you are unable to take the prints to Kidlington then they will need to be posted to and received by Neil before 16th October 2021.  Neil’s address is in the Journal.  If you wish the return of your prints then please enclose an SAE.  Neil will require a digital copy of the print emailed to him before 16th October 2021.

This year we are making changes to the entry classes (details below). Print classes are condensed with all entries now 'up to A4'. In addition there are six new print and digital classes for cultivated plants in pots and in a garden setting. These new classes allow potentially a great deal more photographic control than for plants in the wild, which brings different considerations into play when judging.  For example, you can control when you take the photo (e.g. when the plant is in perfect condition) and the time of day, which gives control over lighting and weather.  You also have scope to use artificial light sources and backgrounds if you deem these to be necessary. With restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic the time limit for when a photograph was taken is removed for the 2021 competition.

HOS Photographic Competition 2020

The 2020 Photographic Competition was included as part of the 'Kidlington Online 2020'' virtual meeting. Results are available in a mobile friendly format and as a more compact thumnail version suited to larger monitors and laptops. Publishers of the new Sean Cole & Mike Waller book gave HOS a complementary copy that was used as a prize for the best image in the two novice classes (16 & 17). This was won by Neville Roberts with a print of Bletilla striata.

FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
Contact Organiser:
neilevans@hardyorchidsociety.org 

Rules & Classes for HOS Photographic Competitions

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.

Rules for HOS Photographic Competition

  1. Judging is based on the quality of the pictures, not on the rarity of the plants.
  2. Only Orchids that are “hardy” 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.  The sleeve should allow easy access to the print, so that it may be removed for judging, so not taped shut.  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 a SAE is provided. Members may 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 the followings year’s meeting when the next year’s Photographic Competition is held, after which they will be disposed of.  The Organiser will also bring them to other meetings, that they attend, for collection.
  10. A digital copy of the print is required by the Organiser before the competition. These should be emailed to the Organiser with your name and contact details.  Name each image with your name and the class in which it is entered, Orchid name and location.  For large images use a file transfer service (Contact the organiser if you need details on how to do this) You will be notified when these are required by.
  11. 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 orchids and tips of the leaves
  12. 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 orchid and tips of the leaves
  13. For Classes 17 and 18, a Novice is defined as an HOS Member who has never been placed First in any class in any HOS Photographic Competition.
  14. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the story of the picture, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking, dodging/burning, and limited manipulation to remove distracting items.  Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed. All allowed adjustments must appear natural.  Stitched images are not permitted.  Colour images can be converted to greyscale monochrome. Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.
  15. For Classes 9 to 15, 18 and 20 jpeg images should be emailed to the Organiser with your name and contact details.  Name each image with your name and the class in which it is entered, Orchid name and location.  For large images use a file transfer service (Contact the organiser if you need details on how to do this).  Contact details of the Organiser and deadline dates for entry will be notified well in advance in the Journal and on the website.
  16. For the purposes of this competition, the definition of an orchid/s in cultivation is any orchid/s that is grown in a pot or garden setting. The orchid/s do not have to be grown by the photographer.
  17. Any orchid that is not defined by Rule 16

Note for Classes 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 and 16 Orchid/s in cultivation

This subject allows potentially a great deal more photographic control than plants in the wild, which brings different considerations into play when judging.  For example, you have the ability to control when you take the photo (when the plant is in perfect condition), and time of day, which gives control over lighting and weather.  You also have scope to use artificial light sources and backgrounds if you deem these to be necessary.

Photographic Competition Classes

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


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.

 

Winners of the 2020 Competition

Hilary Pickersgill won the Maren Talbot Trophy with this digital image of Ophrysapifera in Class 15

Ophrys apifera

CLICK HERE for Winners of all Classes in the 2020 Competition

CLICK HERE for thumbnail versions of winning photographs

Archives of Previous Competition Winners

Original thumbnail pages have been updated and alternative mobile-friendly pages
are being added.

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Winners of the 2020 Competition

Hilary Pickersgill won the Maren Talbot Trophy with this digital image of Ophrys apifera in Class 15

Ophrys apifera

CLICK HERE for Winners of all Classes in the 2020 Competition

Archives of Previous Competition Winners

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