2018 UF/IFAS IRREC Citrus Horticulture Lab Digital Photography Contest

Contest Submissions: Jan 15 to March 31, 2018 Note: Entries are taken by e-mail only (Robin Koestoyo, koestoyo@ufl.edu)

PURPOSE: To promote citriculture, support the IRREC Citrus Horticulture program, and encourage horticulture-related photography. All citrus-related subjects are welcome, including different citrus species and varieties, groves, cultural practices (planting, fertilization, irrigation, spraying, harvesting), and phenological stages (flushing, blooming, fruit set, maturation). The contest is open to all interested participants regardless of affiliation (private or government) and category (grower, researcher, general public).

DEADLINE: Entries may be submitted by e-mail to Robin Koestoyo (koestoyo@ufl.edu) between Jan 15 and March 31, 2018. No entry fees are required.


  • Citrus Groves – These images represent what the photographer believes to be outstanding citrus species and varieties in the grove. These can be field, container, or research settings.
  • Citrus in the Kitchen – Images should show the end result of citrus products used for food. The citrus product must be recognizable to the viewer, example: peel, fruit etc.
  • Serendipity – This image must represent a rare or unexpected, or “right place, right time” moment that the photographer did not, could not, control or stage during the taking of the image. Examples: citrus grove at sunset, irrigation system in operation, mature fruit picking or processing would qualify.
  • Grove Visitors – Humans are not the only entity that engages groves. Images are to show other life forms visiting / interacting with citrus trees. In this category, staging of animals/insects etc, is permitted. However, the image must be balanced in regards to the impact of the visitor and the citrus item. Specifically, close ups of domestic animals (cats and dogs) do not qualify. A bee visiting a flower, a deer munching on oranges, or hogs/alligators near groves would qualify.


  • Alto “Bud” Adams Jr. Photography Award – First Place
  • Robert Bullock Photography Award – Second Place
  • Velma Spencer Photography Award – Third Place


  • Best on each category – awarded at the judges’ discretion to one photo that exhibit outstanding, unique, and/or special qualities
  • All seven outstanding pictures will be framed, tagged and exhibited at the Citrus Horticulture Lab and UF/IFAS IRREC hallways. The pictures will also be used at the Citrus Horticulture Lab webpage.

RULES: Images must be the original work of the person entering the contest. All entries must have a TITLE and CAPTION. No identifying or distracting artifacts (copyright symbols, dates, etc.) may be visible on images. Images must be in JPG or PNG format. In the interest of judging fair comparisons, it is recommended that images have a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 and not exceed 2056 x 1532.Images processed using HDR, or significantly altered images where filters and special effects using software such as Photoshop, will not be accepted. The photographer may adjust contrast, crop a larger image and/or adjust horizon, or other adjustments which do not change the basic integrity of the image. Photographers will retain original copyrights to their photos but grant UF/IFAS IRREC and the Citrus Horticulture program the right to make use of their entries in advertising, promotional and fund-raising materials, publications of the societies, etc., without monetary compensation. Photographer credits will accompany each use. The decisions of the judges are final. Entrants must be 18 years old or older

JUDGING: The three judges will blind-judge all entries, which were randomized prior to their review. Judges will score the photographs according to the following criteria:

  1. Interpretation (30 pts) Assessment of the level of success of the photographer achieved in interpreting the stated intent of the photographic category.
  2. Technical Mastery (25 pts) Evidence of camera-based (mechanical) abilities and/or lighting manipulation skills to create the image. Attention to focus, background and depth of field will be considered as determined by the subject / situation captured.
  3. Artistry (25 pts) Evidence of creativity, composition, and visually appealing image creation from camera-based images that are not significantly manipulated using image software.
  4. Impact (20 pts) Assessment of the “wow factor” or exceptional visual qualities, or unusual subject/situation. In the event of a category receiving low quality or insufficient submissions necessary for an appropriate comparison, the judges have the right to not make an award for that category. There will be awards given as first, second and third place for each category. One and only one image will be selected from the first-place recipients within each category for consideration as a “Best on each category” candidate. In the event that judges feel no image rises to the level of “Best on each category,” no award will be given.

For more information, please access the following link: http://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture-photography-contest/ http://irrec.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture-photography-contest




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Posted: January 25, 2018


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