Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Facebook Photo Contest: "Buds & Blossoms" & "Students in the Gardens"

Students enjoying the Asiatic Arboretum pond
Spring is finally here, and we want to celebrate with a dual Facebook Photo Contest. This time around, we have two distinct categories for Duke Gardens photos: "Buds and Blossoms" and "Students in the Gardens." The latter category includes students from any school or college, and photos may be new or older, but we will award an extra prize for photos featuring Duke students dressed in Duke logo clothing.

Please don't be shy. This exhibit and contest is open to photographers at all levels and all ages. It's just a fun way to share your love for the Gardens with others who love it here, too.

Here's the scoop:

HOW TO ENTER: Email up to 3 photos for each category to Please send one per email. We will post them in an album on Facebook, with your Facebook name in the photo description. You may then add more information about the photo in the comments if you like, and encourage your friends to come see it and vote by clicking "like." You may also post the photo on our wall, but be sure to email it as well, so that it's officially in the contest and albums. Only "like" votes on the album photos will count in vote tallies, though (polite) comments are welcome, too. 

Please be sure to see our etiquette page before posting, too, as we will not include photos of people climbing trees or engaging in other activities that are not permitted.

In "Students in the Gardens," students may be of any age, but we will rely on the honor system that all entries feature actual students. 

DEADLINE: Photos must be submitted by noon Thursday, April 24, 2014. Voting will end at noon on Tuesday, April 29.

HOW TO VOTE: It's simple. Just click "like" for all your favorite photos.

PRIZES: We'll have prizes for most "like" votes, as well as judges' awards, and an extra prize for the best photo of a Duke student or students dressed in Duke logo clothing. Prizes will include Terrace Shop discount coupons and other Duke Gardens-related gifts.

SHARE: Even if you're not interested in prizes or contests, we'd love for you to share your photos just for fun, and share our contest photo album with your own Facebook friends. We look forward to seeing your favorites.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone of any age may share Duke Gardens photos in this contest. The only people not eligible to win a prize are Duke Gardens employees.

NOTE: This contest is not administered, endorsed or operated by Facebook.  

SEE THE ENTRIES: Check out the albums for Students in the Gardens and Buds & Blossoms.

LEARN MORE: Please check out our education and event listings for photo courses that you may enjoy. We also have a Nature Photography Certificate program that may interest you.

 Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Snow Cream')



  1. Do these photos need to have been taken in the current season?

    1. Hi Shawn -- No, they may be taken in any year or season, as long as they're from Duke Gardens. Thanks for asking.