Members-only Photo Contest Rules


The Arboretum at Flagstaff's Members Only 2013 Photo Contest begins April 27, 2013 and ends September 15, 2013, at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest.

Exhibition and Reception:

Winners will be exhibited during the month of October in The Arboretum's Walter Reichardt House, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm.  An Opening Reception will be take place on October 5, 2013.


Tom Bean is a Flagstaff-based freelance nature and travel photographer. Educated as a wildlife biologist, he worked as a Park Ranger in a number of national parks before launching his career as a full-time photographer 30 years ago. His photos have appeared in hundreds of magazines, books, calendars and other publications.  Recent examples of his published work can been seen in the March 2013 issue of Arizona Highways and the February 2013 issue of Phoenix Home and Garden magazine.  Tom is married to writer Susan Lamb, who is an Arboretum board member.  Examples of Tom's work can be found online at:

With a passion for travel, education and photography, Amy Horn has been sharing her knowledge in software and photography related fields since 1995. In addition to teaching photography at Northern Arizona University, she is a volunteer and instructor for the Friends of Arizona Highways Photo Workshop team, planning photo workshops throughout Arizona. She shows and sells her work annually in solo exhibits from her travels and personal projects and her work can be viewed at

Shane Knight is completely devoted to the fine art of western landscape and horse photography.  There is nothing he loves more in life than the art of photography, except his family.  After years of capturing images, he began to "see things differently, all the time." "In the busy and complex world we all live in today, we sometimes forget to notice and appreciate the beautiful things around us.  I try very hard to capture the beauty and simplicity of nature we take for granted everyday.  May my photography help you SEE how we should never complicate the simple things."  Examples of Shane's work can be found online at:

Judges will choose a Grand Prize winner and three finalists each of five categories.

Winners will be announced October 1, 2013. The Arboretum will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry.

Who may enter:

Photographers who are current Arboretum  members and students 16 years old or older. The Arboretum will determine winners' eligibility in its sole discretion.

What to enter:

Photographs must be taken on Arboretum property. Five contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to The Arboretum.

  • Landscapes
  • Nature
  • Gardens and Flowers
  • Seasons
  • People and Plants

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable for all categories. Photos with added elements not found in the original photo are not acceptable. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian and provide it to the Arboretum upon request. A sample release is available here.

Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

How to enter:

Please submit ready-to-hang prints (matted and framed) OR high resolution digital photos, recognizing that if you are chosen as a winner, you will be asked to print, mat, and frame your photo. Submit no more than five (5) photographs per category. Complete a separate Entry Form for each photo submitted. Image sizes for ready-to-hang prints cannot exceed 11" x 14".  Ready-to-hang prints can be dropped off at The Arboretum during regular business hours, Wednesdays through Sundays between 10am and 4pm, or by UPS to The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001. Email digital photos to  Actual file size may not exceed 2,048 KB (2 MB) and must be in .jpg format.

By entering the contest, entrants grant The Arboretum, and those authorized by The Arboretum, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other standard Arboretum purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Arboretum at Flagstaff will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
Entry deadline:

All entries must be received by 4pm Pacific Time on September 15, 2013.

Prizes: The Arboretum will award six prizes, as follows:

Grand Prize: $250, and fully credited printing in an Arboretum publication. 

Category Winners: $100 each, and fully credited printing in an Arboretum publication.