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AIS Photo Contest (updated February 15, 2017)
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The 2016 Photo Contest has now concluded. Good luck to all the entrants, please watch for the announcement of the winners.

Every year the American Iris Society sponsors a photo contest. Concentrating generally on irises, the people who grow and hybridize them, and their use in garden or natural settings, the contest is open to anyone who submits a picture. The specific categories vary from year to year, and are open to adults and youth alike with separate awards for youth submissions.

To see previous photo contest winners follow the navigation menu on the left:
Photos & Puzzles>Contest Winners

Please note: "Digital photo submissions to the Photo Contest must be high resolution (300 dpi or higher) and at least 4 X 6 inches in size. (Saved as a "maximum quality" jpeg, that would be a file size of approximately 1.4 MB)

2017 AIS Photo Contest


The AIS invites you to participate in our annual Photo Contest. Submissions for the 2017 AIS Photo Contest will be received from May 1, 2017 to June 15, 2017 (midnight). This contest is free and open to everyone, with the exception of contest Judges and the contest chairperson who are not eligible to enter or win. The winning photo of each category will be published in the AIS January Bulletin and on the AIS web site.
Prior year’s winners and honorable mentions can be viewed on the AIS web site at

The 2017 winner of each category will receive a 2017 introduction (within USA only). The winner of each category will also receive a single annual membership, or single e-membership or annual membership extension to AIS. Winners who are AIS life members will receive an e-membership or annual membership in an AIS Section of their choice. Runners-up of each category will receive a 2015 or 2016 introduction (within the USA only).

Anyone can do it! Additionally, there is an article on photographing irises in the Information and Reference section of our Resources link in the column on the left of this page.

How to Enter
The full details on how to enter are included on the official entry form that can be downloaded using the following link: 2017 AIS Photo Contest Entry Form (Adobe PDF file)
This is a PDF file that can be downloaded and filled in using Adobe Acrobat, saved, and emailed to the contest chair along with your entries or alternately it can be printed and mailed in.

Simply fill out the entry form designating in which category you are entering your digital photos. Then send a CD or e-mail your digital (jpeg) photos to the AIS Photo Contest Chair, at the address below. You may submit up to five (5) photos in this contest.
The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Photo Contest is no later than midnight June 15, 2017.

(NOTE: Any photo submitted that was a winner in previous years will automatically be disqualified.)

There must be irises in the photo and irises in the photos should be of the Genus Iris. Entries will be selected and judged in six (6) categories:

1. Irises in a landscaped garden.
2. Irises in a field or home garden.
3. Events, tours, a person or people (at iris location).
4. Close up of an iris or irises.
5. Iris photos- art effects, macro of bloom segments.
6. Photos of pets, wildlife or garden art with the irises.

*** Youth photographers (under 19) can choose to enter either the Youth Category (photo must have an iris in it) or any of the adult categories, but not both. ***

Digital photos only. If you only have prints take them to a store to have them digitized in “High Resolution” (not smaller than 1600x1000) files to a CD and mail said CD. The digital photos should be saved as a ‘jpeg’ file. (Each image must be titled and numbered to match the entry form.) Make sure you identify the variety or person in each photo on the entry form.

A panel of three judges will judge photos received and their decisions will be final.

Submissions for the 2017 AIS Photo Contest will be received from May 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017 (midnight).

Send your printed photos and entry form to:
The American Iris Society Photo Contest
c/o Janet Smith, P O Box 1585, Coarsegold, CA 93614-1585

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Email your digital photos and entry form to:

The full details on how to enter are included on the official entry form provided on the link below: 2017 AIS Photo Contest Entry Form (Adobe PDF file)




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