Photographers, it seems, are drawn to the meadows, woodlands and designer gardens at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden just like birds, bees and other wildlife.
The garden’s annual Shutterbug Photography Contest gives those artists a chance to share their vibrant and close-up glimpses at buds, blooms, orchids and tropical plants at the 400-acre property in Belmont.
Some of the winning photos from the 2012 contest are shown here, including the shot of a Cattleya orchid that won Best of Show for Rebecca Thomas of Charlotte.
The categories for judging also allow images of wildlife, architecture, art, water and people.
A contest for amateur photographers is a natural fit at the garden, said Jim Hoffman, marketing director. “We’ve got a tremendous following of photographers,” Hoffman said. “The photography classes are our most popular ones.”
The contest drew 250 entries from across the region, including 16 applications in the youth division. Those applicants were ages 5-17.
The images ultimately might show up on the garden’s website or in its newsletters and marketing materials, with credits for the photographer. Karen Sullivan