Juried Print Competition

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

Entries Accepted

September 6, 2013 (Friday) – 9:00 AM–6:00 PM

Opening Reception

September 7, 2013 (Saturday) – 7:00 PM–8:30 PM


September 9–October 4, 2013 (Monday–Friday) – 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

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."

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.


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 she 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, Professional Photographers of America, and Photographic Society of America where she received a Certification for Image Analysis. Mary continues to strengthen her visual artistry through classes and workshops with acclaimed photographers like Tony Sweet, Bryan Peterson, and Freeman Patterson.

Mary Kay Kennedy

Mary Kay Kennedy is currently the development assistant at Artspace. The development assistant is responsible for supporting the development office in all fund-raising endeavors, including coordinating special events, managing membership, and grant seeking. In addition, the development assistant is responsible for overseeing Artspace's volunteers, supervising First Friday Gallery Walks, and coordinating social media efforts.

Mary Kay comes to Artspace after six years as gallery manager for The Mahler Fine Art and The Collectors Gallery, both located in downtown Raleigh. As gallery manager, Mary Kay was responsible for ensuring that the galleries ran smoothly, overseeing customer service, managing client lists, curating exhibitions, coordinating special events, and communicating with artists. In addition, Mary Kay has experience as the volunteer chair for the Visual Art Exchange's annual gala, as an organizer for artSPARK, part of the annual SPARKCON event, and as Web designer and support staff member for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission.

Melissa Southern

An award-winning photographer and presenter, Melissa Southern has been shooting since childhood and a working professional since 2003. She has photographed all over the United States as well as in Ireland, England, France, and Mexico. Melissa is a member of Nikon Professional Services and Wimberley Professional Services and is a sponsored Lowepro Photographer. Melissa has photographs published in the Guide to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, Nature Photographer magazine, various product magazines, and several other publications. She has presented at Grandfather Mountain, Recreational Equipment (REI), and the City of Orlando. She works as the forensic photographer in Wake County, North Carolina. Melissa has a B.A. in anthropology and an associate degree in photography. Melissa is the first and only IAI (International Association for Identification) Certified Forensic Photographer in North Carolina. She currently serves on the Randolph Community College Photographic Technology Advisory Committee.

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.
  • Entrant's name 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.


For additional details or to register your prints, please use the brochure.

Online registration is available via NC State Alumni Association's Web site.

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). NC Agricultural Foundation's tax identification number is 56-6049304.

$20 for adults, $10 for youths. Each entrant may submit a limit of two entries. $5 additional fee if not pre-registered by July 31.
Pre-registration requested. Online registration is available via NC State Alumni Association's Web site. If you'd rather pay using cash or a check, please use the information brochure's registration form. $5 additional fee if not pre-registered by July 31.
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.