Maryland • Sunflower Maze + Cut-Flower Garden is Open

2022 Photography Contest

Submissions Now Closed

We’re excited to bring back our annual photo contest for the 2022 sunflower season! This contest is open for photos captured at our Maryland location (sunflower maze + pick-your-own-flower garden) between June 25 and July 17, 2022.

Photo Contest Categories


People Portraits 

strike a pose amongst the petals

Beautiful Blossom

get up close with our flowers

Bees, Butterflies & Birds

capture our pollinators & seed lovers

Fantastic Farmscape

it’s a magical place, sun up to sun down

Key Dates + Cash Prizes

Submission Deadline: July 17
Online Community Voting: July 18-24
Final Judging: July 25-29
Announcements: July 30
Semi-finalists: $25 each
Category Winners: $150 each
Best In Show: $500

The Voting & Judging Process

ROUND 1 Semi-Finalists


  • July 18: Entries will be posted to our Maryland Facebook page
  • Community voting is done via “likes” or “loves” on Facebook. 
  • July 24: Community voting closes at 5P
ROUND 2 Finalists + Best in Show


  • The three photos with the most “likes/loves” in each of the four categories will move on to Round 2 judging. Any ties amongst the top-three votes will move on to final judging.
  • Final judging is conducted by professional photographers, designers and image makers
July 30 WINNERS ANNOUNCED (Facebook + Email)

Submission Rules + Tips

Photo Submission Rules

  • PHOTOS TAKEN: Contest open to photography taken at our Maryland location between opening day and submission deadline, June & July 2022
  • SUBJECT: Must fit into one of our four categories: Best Blossom; People Portrait; Bees, Butterflies & Birds; Fantastic Farmscape. All photos must be family-friendly.
  • SUBMISSIONS: All entries must be submitted through the form on this page.
  • You’re allowed to enter ONE PHOTO PER CATEGORY. The max total of photos you can submit is four during this contest. Any additional photos submitted will not be included.
  • DO NOT submit photos via email. We will not consider these as legitimate entries.
  • DO NOT submit photos with text or logo watermarks on the photo. We will not consider these as legitimate entries.
  • DO NOT submit illustrations, collages or photos that have been heavily manipulated/altered. We will not consider these as legitimate entries.
  • You agree to let Goldpetal Farms and Designer Ag LLC use your photo submission for marketing purposes.
  • Goldpetal Farms RESERVE THE RIGHT to disqualify any image that does not meet our requirements.

Tips for Successful Photos

  • Pay attention to how you frame and crop your photos. The quality of submissions grows every year, and the competition will be high. So pay attention to the details.
  • Try unusual angles. Consider shooting from the ground up, or a blossom from behind.
  • Look for interesting light and shadow casts: these can help create more drama and interest.
  • If shooting when the sun is directly overhead, look for photo opportunities that aren’t blasted by sunlight, overexposing your image.
  • You are certainly allowed to “clean up” your images, and make them photo-contest worthy. Just don’t overdo it so the image looks unnatural.

Congratulations to our 2021 Goldpetal Farms Photo Contest Winners!

With 364 entries this year, the competition was on! Photographers who visited our Maryland and Virginia Beach locations participated by submitting their best photo in one of four categories: People PortraitBeautiful Blossom; Bird, Butterflies & Bees and Fantastic Farmscapes.

2021 Best in Show Andrezza Haddaway

2021 Goldpetal Farms Photo Contest Best in Show by Andrezza Haddaway

2021 Beautiful Blossom Carl Mayford

2021 Goldpetal Farms Photo Contest Best in Show by Andrezza Haddaway

2021 Fantastic Farmscape Carl Mayford

2021 Goldpetal Farms Photo Contest Winner Carl Mayford

2021 People Portrait
Gabby Curly

2021 Photo Contest Winner Gabby Curly

2021 Fantastic Farmscape
Carl Mayford

2021 Goldpetal Farms Photo Contest Winner Carl Mayford

2020 Best in Show • Michael Rice

2020 People Portrait • Patcheree Clinch

2020 Bees, Butterflies & Birds • April Price

2020 Beautiful Blossom • Erica Fawcett

2020 Fantastic Farmscape • Morgan Loomis

Goldpetal Farms 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Best in Show • Gloria Occhipinti

Best Sunflower Selfie • Caitlin Croson

Best Farmscape • Dana Auld

Best Blossom • Avery Strand