• Your text here.
  • CoNPS 2021 Annual Photo Contest


  •   Have you taken some spectacular photos of native plants in 2021 or in years past?

    If so, consider entering our annual photo contest.

    Photos may only be submitted online here.

    Photo contest rules are posted below.

    The deadline for submissions is September 4.

    All CoNPS members will be eligible to vote for their favorite photo in each category.

    Winners will be announced on September 12.

     The Colorado Native Plant Society (CoNPS) sponsors this photography competition to increase the appreciation of the native plants and natural communities found within Colorado.


    By submitting a photo for this contest, you declare that you've read these rules and agree to the terms of this contest.

    Contest terms

    Entries may be submitted from July 1 to September 4. Images must be original and previously unpublished photos. Photos will be judged prior to the Annual Conference by online voting on this website by members of CoNPS. All members are eligible to submit one vote for their favorite photo in each of the five categories of photos September 5 to September 10. Photo winners will be announced on September 12. Any photo submitted must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. No more than one photo per category may be submitted by a photographer. Photos taken in previous years may be entered. Contest entrants must be members of CoNPS.

    How to Enter

    The photo competition is open to all CoNPS members. Photos will be accepted by entry using this form only. Entries must be submitted in .jpg format of 300 ppi or larger.

    Type of Photos

    Five categories of photos will be accepted. Images must feature native plants, wildlife, and landscapes from Colorado. Image files must include the photographer's last name, category, and title or species name (e.g. olson_plants_telesonixjamesii). A cash price of $50 will be awarded to the image receiving the most votes in each category. If you are not sure of the species, you can contact one of the local herbaria such as the University of Colorado Boulder (tim.hogan@colorado.edu, dina.clark@colorado.edu) or Colorado State University (jennifer.ackerfield@colostate.edu). You can also post the photo on the CoNPS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/338614328016/) to ask for help.

    Photos that do not contain Colorado native plants or Colorado native plant habitats as the main theme will not be accepted. Photos can be either in vertical or horizontal format.

    To enter the contest select the category of your entry here:

    1) Colorado Native Plant Landscapes

    2) Colorado Native Plants

    3) Artistic interpretation of Colorado Native Plants. Artists welcome! Photo of a fine art painting or an altered photograph or collage are acceptable. Must be a recognizable native plant with identification.

    4) Colorado Native Plants & Wildlife (including insects/pollinators)

    5) Colorado Native Plant Gardens


    1st place for Colorado Native Plant Landscapes/habitats - $50

    1st place for Colorado Native Plants - $50

    1st place for Artistic - $50

    1st place for Colorado Native Plants and Wildlife - $50

    1st place for Colorado Native Plant Gardens - $50

    2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced and their photos will appear in Aquilegia: Newsletter of the Colorado Native Plant Society enews on our website but will not receive a monetary prize.


    By submitting a photo(s), you give CoNPS permission to use your photo(s) in any form deemed appropriate. You agree that CoNPS has the right to reproduce and use photo(s) on their websites, products, enews and in printed materials with the photographer's name. Copyright to images remains with the photographer. Note that entry to the competition allows CoNPS to use images on the Society website, enews and Aquilegia to promote native plants in Colorado and Society promotions unless the photographer opts out by email communication to the address below.

    Questions? Please contact Bruce Tohill at tohillb@msn.com