The Caribbean Garden Photo Contest

The Caribbean Garden photo contest is open to everyone. To participate as a photographer, you must join the New York Botanical Garden's group pool on Flickr, add your photos to this pool, and tag them with Caribbean Garden. To participate as a voter, you will need a free Yahoo, Google, or Flickr account.

To be eligible for the contest, a photo must be taken during the Caribbean Garden (this will be determined by the "date taken" field on each photo's Flickr page) and should have the Caribbean Garden as its topic (meaning, it is taken in the Conservatory)*. The contest will be judged in two categories: Macro and Sense of Place (that is, close-up and not close-up). The winner of the Grand Finale week in each category will win a place in an upcoming spring semester photography class offered through the Garden's Adult Education program!

The photo with the most positive comments in each category (Macro and Sense of Place) will be declared the winner and posted as such on Monday 24 by an NYBG Group administrator. In case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by a panel of NYBG staff and instructors.

The contest will begin on January 15, and the first round of voting will begin on January 21. All eligible photos will be posted to one of two Discussions on the NYBG Group page by a Garden administrator to be voted on by the Flickr community. Of course, you will retain copyright of any images you share.  By entering any images in the contest, you grant the Garden a limited non-exclusive license to display and reproduce such images for NYBG’s promotional purposes.

Each succeeding weekly contest will proceed in this fashion. Here is a listing of each weekly contest's important dates and times:

Week 1: 1/15/11 - First weekly contest begins | 1/21/11 - Voting begins at noon | 1/24/11 - First weekly winners posted at noon

Week 2: 1/22/11 - Second weekly contest begins | 1/28/11 - Voting begins at noon | 1/31/11 - Second weekly winners posted at noon

Week 3: 1/29/11 - Third weekly contest begins | 2/4/11 - Voting begins at noon | 2/7/11 - Third weekly winners posted at noon

Week 4: 2/5/11 - Fourth weekly contest begins | 2/11/11 - Voting begins at noon | 2/14/11 - Fourth weekly winners posted at noon

Week 5: 2/12/11 - Fifth weekly contest begins | 2/18/11 - Voting begins at noon | 2/21/11 - Fifth weekly winners posted at noon

Please note: Since Caribbean Garden closes on 2/27/11, the deadlines for Week 6 will be a bit different from the previous weeks.

Week 6: 2/19/11 - Sixth weekly contest begins | 2/28/11 - Voting begins at noon | 3/2/11 - Sixth weekly winners posted at noon

Grand Finale: 3/3/11 Final contest begins , voting opens at noon | 3/7/11 - Grand Finale winners posted at noon

We hope you'll join us in this fun contest. Please let us know (chose website in the dropdown menu) if you have any questions.

*Please note: Tripods are not allowed inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.