2021 Photography Contest

The 2021 Season is Almost Here!

We expect to open June 19 — stay tuned for the official announcement. 

 

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We’re excited to hold our annual photo contest!

We love seeing the amazing photography our guests capture at our Maryland farm. Let’s see what awesomeness you capture!

 

Photo Submission Rules

  • Contest open to photography taken at our Chaptico, Maryland sunflower maze during the 2021 season 
  • All entries must be submitted through the form on this page (will be open once dates are determined)
  • 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.

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.

Cash Prizes!

Semi-finalists: $25 each
Category Winners: $150 each
Best In Show: $500

Submission Period TBD

 

The Voting & Judging Process

ROUND 1: COMMUNITY VOTING Dates TBD 
  • Dates TBD: Entries will be posted to our Facebook page
  • Community Voting is done via “likes” or “loves” on Facebook.
  • Dates TBD: Voting ends
ROUND 2: FINAL JUDGING Dates TBD
  • 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
  • Dates TBD: Winners will be announced on Facebook and through email

Best in Show • Michael Rice

Goldpetal Farms 2020 Photo Contest

Judge’s Choice Finalists

Beautiful Blossom • Erica Fawcett

Bees, Butterflies & Birds • April Price

Perfect Portrait • Patcheree Clinch

Fantastic Farmscape • Morgan Loomis

Goldpetal Farms 2020 Photo Contest

Community-Voted Finalists

Bees, Butterflies & Birds • Elizabeth Zelaya

Perfect Portrait • Pawinee Dodson

Bees, Birds & Butterflies • Carl Mayford

Fantastic Farmscape • Elizabeth Zelaya

Goldpetal Farms 2019 Photo Contest Winners

Best in Show • Gloria Occhipinti

Best Sunflower Selfie • Caitlin Croson

Best Farmscape • Dana Auld

Best Blossom • Avery Strand