University of California

Official UC Master Gardener Photo Contest

Photo contest
Capture. Share. Inspire.

We want to see your creative side; share your pictures and experiences with the entire UC Master Gardener community.

UC Master Gardener volunteers can show off their skills by submitting their best photos in any of the five contest categories, including: California Friendly Gardening, Creatures in the Garden, Incredible Edibles, UC Master Gardeners in Action, and Outstanding Edibles. 

Photo contest runs from June 1 until Friday, June 30, 2017. All entries are eligible to win prizes. We can't wait to see your creativity and photographs!

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Contest Details:

Contest Categories: 

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California Friendly Gardening

A California Friendly garden features smart and sustainable landscaping using plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to your regional climate and local conditions. Showcase the health and beauty that is a California garden.

Creatures in the Garden

In a world where natural habitats are being depleted, gardens are a haven for many creatures. The wild, and not so wild creatures that use our gardens can become familiar companions, or rare and special visitors. Beetles and butterflies, birds and bunnies, may take center stage and steal the show.

Incredible Edibles

What’s in your garden? From seedlings to harvest, apples to zucchini, show us your best fruit, vegetable or herb fresh from the garden! Ripe and ready to eat or green hanging on a tree all edibles are welcome in this category.  


UC Master Gardeners in Action

Every day volunteers make a difference in communities across California.  Tell the volunteer story through photos featuring UC Master Gardeners working in their communities and supporting their programs.

Outstanding Ornamental

Celebrate the true beauty of the plant – from seed to flower, foliage to stem. Plant portraiture is all about capturing the very essence, or character, of a plant. Get creative with extreme close up or stay classic, all styles are welcome.



Recent Entries: 

Beneficials in the garden
Beneficials in the garden - butterfly
California Friendly Gardening 1
California Friendly Gardening 2
California Friendly Gardening 3
California Friendly Gardening 4
Creatures in the Garden 1
Creatures in the Garden 2
Creatures in the Garden 3
Dragonfly & My Bird Feeder
Incredible edibles 1
Outstanding ornamental 1
UC Master Gardeners in Action

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