Picture This Photo Contest Winners for October

Well, as all the other judges have said in recent months, it is nearly impossible to pick the winners of the Picture This  Photo Contest and this month’s selection for “Abundant Harvest” was just as tough.  Even though we have expanded the number of winners, now adding two runners up to the silver, there are not enough prizes for the outstanding photos that  all of you submitted .

First, thank you  to all our fellow bloggers who took the time to provide us links and join in the fun.  Collectively, you created a wonderful gallery of photos which, in total, explored all sorts of ways to define abundant harvest.  It was particularly fun to read about your choices, share in your enthusiasm as you went off to take new photos, and sympathize with you as you agonized over which photos to submit.

There were many fine entries, mouthwatering harvests, evocative fields, and even humor.  We loved the tale behind the bathtub of chard sent in by our friend healingmagichands. We got flower photos, seeds, and recipes and invite you to browse through all the links as seen in the comments to the original post.

Of particular merit: let’s start with the post from Gardenista TexasDeb who argued with the judge about the origins of the garden cornucopia photograph and shared her own wonderfully composed and strongly lit photograph.

It is hard to believe that this beautiful still life did NOT win a prize.  And no, it is not because this interpretation of a cornucopia is not like mine.

Addendum (10/28): Since Rothschild Orchid doesn’t live in the U.S., we can’t ship the bulbs to her. Therefore, Saxon has chosen another runner up who will receive the prize. It is TexasDeb for her moody still life.  But Rothschild Orchid, of course, still has bragging rights for her fantastic photo.

As I was watching the submissions come in, I was sure that the fruit laden crab apple tree from ESP (East Side Patch) would end up among the winners.  I loved the lively composition using the full frame and felt the sense of bounty in the photograph as conveyed by all the fruit receding into the distance.

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Yet, once all the entries were in this was bumped by photos that gave a bit more emphasis on the harvest and told more of a story.

In the blog posting sent in by macgardens we are told a bit of the story of Lake Market in Calcutta and the photo is stronger for it.

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There is obvious abundance in this well composed photograph and the spot of orange gives it just enough extra color.  Knowing the story about the day of the harvest makes the photograph all the more compelling. So, to macgardens we award our first runner up prize.

The next runner up, from Rothschild Orchid, uses a completely different approach with simplicity and bold colors to create a photograph I could imagine on a magazine cover.

The hint of the farm cart at the bottom of the frame reinforces the sense of harvest while using three simple forms (sky, pumpkins, cart) in strong, pleasing balance.  Well done !

Our next prize, the Silver Award Winner, is for a pomegranate photo.  Whether or not Jenny over at Rock Rose realizes it or not, the mythical association of pomegranates with bounty and fertility plays on the judge’s sense of symbolism.

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Symbolism aside, how can one not get a decadent sense of abundance seeing this ripe fruit tumbling out of a basket, seeds spilling out?  A fine composition using the entire frame for the eye to move from fruit to seed, back to front.

The Gold Meda Winner this month, the first prize, goes to Charlotte at Life in a Day with a most colorful photo full of excitement and spontaneity.

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I nearly overlooked this photo when it first came in because of the bright overexposed highlights and the plastic basket in the middle.  But I set all the photos side by side in my judging and I kept going back to it.  The basket is not quite in the middle and in fact helps create a composition of 5 shapes, of similar colors.  All the produce is spilling out on all sides and I got the sense that there is energy and a story going on beyond the photo.  I was intrigued like none of the other photos and give it this month’s first prize.

Thanks again for all of you who shared your photos and congratulations to the winners.

A note from Fran:

GGW-Bulbs[1].jpg-High Country Gardens-resizedThe first place Gold Medal Winner, Charlotte,  will receive a unique collection of bulbs from High Country Gardens, along with the privilege of placing the Gold Medal Winner badge on the front of her blog, along with Jenny, The Silver Medal Winner, who can do the same with the Silver Medal Winner Badge.

The Silver Medal Winner, Jenny, and two runner ups, macgardens and Rothschild Orchid, will receive a collection  of a variety of white bulbs from the International Flower Bulb Centre.

For more information on the magnificent bulbs being given as  rewards, click on: Picture This Photo Contest

A big thank you goes to David Salman at High Country Gardens who each month offers a tantalizing prize for our Gold Medal Winner. And a special thank you this month to the International Flower Bulb Centre (via our friend Sally Ferguson) who has graciously offered three more rewards. And finally, a shout out to our own Saxon Holt, a GGW Regular Contributor, for a difficult job well done!

To the winners and runners up, please send a note to me with your contact information at: fransoringardendesigns@gmail.com. We want to make sure the bulbs are in your hands ASAP so that you can get them into the ground before a major frost.

For anyone who is interested in looking at the magnificent gallery of photo entries for past Picture This Photo Contests,  here are the links:

Native Plants - April

Containers – May

Roses – June

Flowering Trees – July

Down On Your Knees – August

Ornamental Grasses – September

Abundant Harvest - October

Our next Picture This Photo Contest subject will be published on November 5th. So get ready! And for those of you who have sat on the sidelines up until now, get your cameras out, throw your hat into the ring and join us for what should prove to be another rocking time at GGW.

About Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is the owner of PhotoBotanic, a garden picture resource for photographs, workshops, and garden photography stories. A landscape photographer and award winning photojournalist with more than 20 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California.

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8 Responses to Picture This Photo Contest Winners for October

  1. Radhika October 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Congratulations to the winners, all so wonderful. And thanks again for hosting this fun contest!

  2. healingmagichands October 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Congratulations to the winners! I have to admit that I was a little surprised the apples didn’t win, but the winning photograph was definitely exceptional.

    And thanks for the mention. . . I was very gratified that you “got” what I was trying to accomplish with my post.

  3. Susie October 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    Congrats to all the winners, it was fun to see harvest from all over the country this month. I loved the winning photo & the plastic baskets left in, great monochromatic viewpoint!
    Thanks for hosting.

  4. Marlene October 28, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    I’ll add my congratulations to the winners. This was my first entry and I’m looking forward to future contests. What a great learning experience!

  5. Christine October 28, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    Beautioful photos and congrads to all and thank you so much for this very fun opportunity..Happy Harvest

  6. Helen at Toronto Gardens October 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    Well done, winners! Great shots, all.

  7. Jenny November 1, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    There were so many wonderful photographs in this months competition and I am delighted that my pomegranates were chosen as runner up. The abundance of fruit this year caused me to learn more about the fruit and its origins and I did indeed know about its association with fertility. A visit to Turkey several years ago introduced me to the importance of this fruit in that country, and it seemed appropriate for it to have its moment in the spotlight. I’m glad it had the chance.

  8. Teresa November 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    Great photos! Congratulations to all the winners. It was really fun to see your work and your creativity!