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