Juried Print Competition

Sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photographers Association

  • Friday, August 21, 2015 – 9:00 am6:00 pm – Entries Accepted
  • Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 7:00 pm8:30 pm – Opening Reception

Calling all photographers! Do you have an eye for beauty? Would you like to share your work with other people who would appreciate it? If so, the Juried Print Competition is for you. Adults and youth can submit original photographic prints of garden or plant related subjects. Distinguished judges will determine the winning images and cash awards will be presented. The winning prints along with the judges' favorites will be displayed at the Arboretum during the month of September for the public to see. Don't delay! Start capturing your favorite images today. Maybe yours will become "Best in Show."

Juried Print Competition judges and winning photographs

This competition is open to all levels of photography experience and to photographic prints only. There will be four prizes for adult entries: Best in Show will win $200, 1st place will win $100, 2nd place will win $75, and 3rd place will win $50. There will be a Best in Show for the youth category (age 16 and under) with the winning prize being $50.


Dick Cicone

Dick has been an active semi-professional photographer and involved with amateur photo clubs for over 45 years as a participant, competition judge and lecturer. He has judged at most local clubs and many local competitions including Cary Photographic Artists Annual competition and the 2014 South Carolina State Fair Photo Competition. Dick taught basic and intermediate photography classes for Wake Technical College for 10 years and has participated in numerous exhibits in the Triangle area.

Mary Doherty

Mary Doherty is an award winning photographer specializing in creative fine art photography. Her work has been selected for local, regional, and national juried photography exhibits and has been published in Insiders' Guides, WNC magazine, and Nature's Best magazine. Mary is a member of Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, and Photographic Society of America where she received a Certification for Image Analysis. Mary is a Getty Images Contributor and continues to strengthen her visual artistry through workshops with acclaimed photographers like Tony Sweet, Bryan Peterson, and Freeman Patterson.

Brian P. Fullington

Brian’s career in photography spans photojournalism in the greater Boston area, commercial photography (freelance and for Digital Equipment Corp.), and fine-art photography. His passion is for scenic and street photography. He has traveled extensively, including 19 trips to our National Parks. In the past several years, he has been active as a photograph competition judge for Capital City Camera Club, Chapel Hill Camera Club, Cary Photographic Artists, Wake Forest Camera Club, Historic Oakwood District, Research Triangle Institute, and the Cary Jaycees, and acted as the Competition Chair for the Capital City Camera Club (Raleigh) for two years. His fine art photography has been displayed at the Visual Art Exchange, Imaginese, Gallery A, Simkin, and University Mall. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, having recently moved after nearly 20 years in Cary, North Carolina.

Entry Information

  • Images can be taken anywhere, but they must be garden or plant related. Animals interacting with plants are okay.
  • Competition open to photography prints only and open to all levels of photography.
  • Entry cannot have been published prior to contest.
  • Two categories: Adult and Youth (16 and under).
  • Entrants must have captured and created the image. If youth, no assistance from an adult.
  • Writing shall not appear anywhere on the face of the image entry.
  • Each entrant is limited to submitting a total of only two photographs.
  • All work must be properly wired for hanging; matted with a white mat (11" × 14" prints do not need to be matted); and framed in a simple (1" or thinner), black, 11" × 14" frame. (Image size may not exceed 11" × 14"; however, image may be smaller. For example, an 8" × 10" image matted to 11" × 14".)
  • No clip frames or canvas wraps will be accepted.
  • Framed images to be hand delivered.
  • Decisions of judges are final.
  • Winners will need to submit digital images to the JC Raulston Arboretum and will be used by the JCRA for future promotional purposes.
  • Post processing and image manipulation accepted, no composite photographs or printed borders, though.
  • Photographs not picked up by October 11 become the property of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Cash Awards

Adult Awards
Best in Show – $200
1st Place – $100
2nd Place – $75
3rd Place – $50

Youth Award
Best in Show – $50

Additional Details

For more information, please contact Chris Glenn at chris_glenn@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7005.

An information and registration brochure is also available.


Online registration is available via NC State's Alumni Association's payment system. To register and pay using a check, please us the registration form available in the brochure.

Your registration fee supports the JC Raulston Arboretum's general fund within the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc (Tax ID 56-6049304).

Please be advised that credit card transactions will appear on your credit card statements as CALS EVENTS AND MERCHANDISE (may be truncated). The NC Agricultural Foundation's tax identification number is 56-6049304.

$20.00 for adults, $10.00 for youths. Each entrant may submit a limit of two entries per registration. Each participant is limited to one registration. $5.00 additional fee if not pre-registered by July 31.
Advance registration is requested. Please register online using NC State's Alumni Association's payment system. On site and in person registration is also available using the registration form in the information and registration brochure.
Registration fees for this event cannot be canceled.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this print competition.