Arboretum Photo Contest 2015

photo contests

Once again it’s time to start thinking about your entries for the annual Davis Arboretum Photo Contest!  It’s your photographs that give us the amazing selection of images to choose from for our Arboretum calendar.

The entries will be on display in Biggin Hall from April 17th – April 26th.  The awards will be announced on our website and hung on the photos on Friday, April 24th.   

Two significant changes this year are entry fees (to help cover the cost of printing), but also more awards will be given.  The entry fee is $5.00 per photo (a limit of 3), and the awards will be for 1st  ($75.00), 2nd ($50.00) and 3rd ($25.00) place in each category.  

A cash award is given in the Arboretum category and gift certificates to Camera Graphics are awarded in all other categories.


  • Photos must be taken in Alabama.
  • There should be no man-made objects visible in the photograph (e.g. fence posts, walls, or benches).   An exception to this rule will be in the Arboretum category.
  • The contest is open to any amateur photographer.  An amateur is defined as someone who does not earn most of his/her living from photography.
  • Each individual may enter up to 3 photographs.
  • The photographs should be 8” x 10” and matted or mounted on an 11” x 14” mat  board, with photographers name, email and title on the back.
  • A CD containing the images must be submitted with the matted entries if you would like your photograph used in some format by the Arboretum.  One CD may contain all 3 entries and its fine to partner with someone else and combine images on to one CD.  Just label it please!
  • The online data sheet should be filled out, printed, and submitted with the photographs, CD and entry fee.
  • There are 5 categories: 
    1. Davis Arboretum – anything in the Davis Arboretum.  This category is exempt from the ‘no man-made object’ rule.
    2. Birds and Mammals 
    3. Other Wildlife – may include butterflies, insects, fungi, lichens, reptiles or amphibians.
    4. Flora – Flowers, foliage, fruit, other parts of plants or trees. 
    5. Landscape – or any photo that doesn’t fit in another other category. 

Dates and locations

Entries may be dropped off at The Arboretum on April 8 - 10 and 13 - 15 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm or at Camera Graphics on April 8 - 15 during normal business hours.   Entries must be received by 4PM on April 15, 2014. 

Deliver to:

Davis Arboretum Pavilion located off Garden Drive across from the President’s home or Camera Graphics located in the Winn Dixie shopping center on E. University.

Mail to:

Davis Arboretum Photo Contest
Biological Sciences
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849 

We reserve the right to exclude any entry from the show.

All photographs may be picked up after the contest is over, on April 27th - 29th at the Davis Arboretum Pavilion between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or at Camera Graphics if that’s where you dropped them off.  If you would like to come at another time, or make other arrangements, just call and we’ll work with you.     844-5770 or 332-0430.

Last updated: 04/08/2015