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Submission instructions for the AHS

Photography and Video Awards

Mildred SchlumpfSarah Sikes Award
AHS Artistic Garden Image Award AHS Multi-Bloom Image Award
Lazarus Memorial Video Award

AHS Youth Photography Awards

Submission Deadline is November 1st each year.


The AHS Board has approved changes to the Photography and Video Awards which will take effect for the 2012 Contest. Check the Announcements Page for changes.

The AHS Awards and Honors Committee administer this program. The awards are presented each year at the AHS National Convention. Rules applying to all awards are as follows:

  • All entrants must be AHS members.
  • An entrant may submit only five (5) digital images, photos or slides in each award category unless specially noted otherwise. Digital images are the preferred method.
  • Each entry may be submitted in only one category.
  • Only registered cultivars are allowed.
  • All entries are to be sent to the Chair of the Photography Sub-Committee.
  • No borders or texts should be used on images. When possible, remove any distracting items such as metal plant tags before taking the picture.
  • The deadline for submission is November 1, and it is determined by the date on the E-Mail or mailing container.
  • No entrant may win the award in any contest more than three times within a five-year period.
  • The winning entrant may keep all awards.
  • A panel of three judges evaluates all entries. Of these, at least two must be members of AHS. Any nonmember who serves as a judge shall have an extensive knowledge of photography or cinematography. Judges are selected by the AHS Awards and Honors Committee and may not be entrants in the competition.
  • All digital images must be in .jpg format only.  Full size images as photographed are preferred. Only reduce images if they exceed the below E-Mail limits.  
  • Individual image size must not exceed 1 MB.
  • All entries are submitted to: Andrea Weaver is the Special Chairman for AHS Photography and Video Awards. Members should send all entries for AHS Photography and Video Awards to:

    Andrea Weaver, Special Chair
    6935 E 35 ST N
    Wichita, KS 67226
    (Ph) 316-683-5877
    photographyawards@daylilies.org


Images/Video Consent Form

Persons submitting images or videos to any categories of the AHS Photography and Video Contest must submit an Images Consent Form beginning with the 2011 contest. You may download this form in .pdf format here. Youth photographers requires both the youth and parent's signature. Entrants have three options with regard to these forms.

1.) Entrant may download, sign and scan the form and send the scan via email attachment.

2.) Entrant may copy and paste the entire form into the body of an email, sign with an electronic signature, and send via email.

3.) If entrant is not able to submit either by scanned form or by using an ..
electronic signature, they may download and send the form via the postal service.

* Please note: if an entrant initials the "optional" section listed after A, B, C, this would allow the individual to enter any future photography contests or have images published in the AHS Journal and/or in Regional Newsletters or on the AHS website without having to re-submit further consent forms .

All Consent forms should be emailed to : awards@daylilies.org

or through the postal service, mailed to:

Melodye Campbell
21 Ambleside Drive
Fairport, NY 14450-3212


MILDRED SCHLUMPF AWARDS

These awards were established in 1969 by Mrs. Robert Way Schlumpf to honor the memory of her late husband, an excellent photographer and a daylily enthusiast. In establishing two awards, Mrs. Schlumpf wished to stimulate interest in good photography and to build up the AHS Digital Image or Slide Library. The awards, two silver trays, were first presented in 1970. The awards were renamed the Mildred Schlumpf Awards by action of the Board after Mrs. Schlumpf died, and they are contributed by the Houston Area Daylily Society. The following rules are specific to these awards.

  • One award will be given to the individual who submits the winning landscape digital image or slide. The other will go to the person who enters the winning digital image or slide of an individual daylily bloom.
  • In landscape digital images, photos or slides, no more than one person may be included in the scene. In digital images, photos or slides of equal value, in the opinion of the judges, those not including people will be given preference. The digital image or slide will feature predominantly daylilies.
  • In individual bloom digital images, photos or slides, the background will be natural if at all possible. (A digital image or slide made of a bloom at a show would be a necessary exception.) Flower color and form must be true to cultivar. Preference will be give to images with only a single bloom.
  • From a technical viewpoint, all digital images, photos or slides must be in focus and must not give evidence of computer manipulation or unnatural or contrived devices such as excessive filtering, or physical props (coins, human hands, etc.)
  • Original digital images, photos or slides are preferred, but good copies will be accepted. Digital images, photos or slides shall be ineligible if they too closely resemble others that have been submitted previously by the entrant. Each digital image or slide will be submitted with the name of the daylily, its hybridizer, and date of registration.

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AHS ARTISTIC GARDEN IMAGE AWARD

This award was established in 2010 by the AHS Board to stimulate interest in excellent photography and to help build the AHS Digital photo library. This award will be presented for the first time at the 2011 AHS Convention.

The following rules are specific to this award.

• The winning photographer will receive a certificate. The winning image will be shown in both the Daylily Journal and on the AHS website.

• Although any submitted images in this category should include all or part of a daylily bloom , this category may include, but is not limited to: images of bloom segments or parts of a bloom, profile shots of a bloom or blooms, garden art, garden critters and images taken around the garden.

• It is strongly recommended that images of people be excluded, as the AHS wishes to avoid the necessity of securing permission forms and other liability issues.

• Any images using partial or profile blooms should include the cultivar name, hybridizer name and year of registration.

• Garden images should include the names of the garden and garden owner.

• Minor photo editing (such as cropping and minor color and light correction) are allowed, but photographers are cautioned to avoid over-manipulation and enhancement of images.

• Winning images will be selected by the judges’ panel on the basis of
photographic quality including light and color accuracy, focus, composition, visual appeal and originality.

Click this link ---> HERE to see sample images the committee feels would fit into this award category.

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AHS MULTI-BLOOM IMAGE AWARD

This award was established in 2010 by the AHS Board to stimulate interest in excellent photography and to help build the AHS Digital photo library. This award will be presented for the first time at the 2011 AHS Convention.

The following rules are specific to this award.

• The winning photographer will receive a certificate. The winning image will be used in both the Daylily Journal and on the AHS website.

• Images of two blooms (minimum) up to an entire clump shot are allowed in this category. Flower color and form must be true to cultivar.

• Backgrounds and surroundings should be natural if possible. Photographers should make an effort to avoid any background distractions that detract from the beauty of the blooms.

• Entrants must submit cultivar name, hybridizer and year of registration with each entry. Only registered cultivars are allowed.

• Minor photo editing (such as cropping and minor color and light correction) are allowed, but photographers are cautioned to avoid over-correction and enhancement of images.

• Winning images will be selected by the Judges’ panel on the basis of
photographic quality including light and color accuracy, focus, composition, visual appeal and originality.

Click this link ---> HERE to see sample images the committee feels would fit into this award category.

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SARAH SIKES AWARD

AHS Region 14 established this award, named in honor of Region 14 hybridizer Sarah Sikes, in 1979. The award, a pewter bowl, is furnished each year by AHS Region 14. The following rules are specific to the award:

  • The award is presented for the best entry of digital images, photos or slides in a sequence of events that gives information relating to daylilies.
  • A sequence may be as few as two digital images or slides and a maximum of twenty digital images, photos or slides.
  • All digital images, photos or slides must be in focus. Original digital images, photos or slides are preferred, but good copies will be accepted.
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LAZARUS MEMORIAL AWARD

Brian and Judy Lazarus established this award in 1986 in memory of their son, Devin.

An award of artwork is given for the best video recording of a presentation relating to daylilies. Initially established for a period of three years, by mutual agreement it has been extended for an indefinite period. Mrs. Brian Lazarus donates the award each year. The following rules are specific to the award:

  • The subject must be predominantly daylily related. Educational, artistic, and entertainment values will be considered by the judges.
  • All entrants must have played a major role in the production of the video.
  • The medium may be any popularly used video recording medium. There is no running time limitation, but the intent is to produce a program running from fifteen minutes to an hour. A narrated soundtrack is preferred.

AHS YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

An AHS Youth Photography Awards were established in 2010 by the AHS Board to stimulate Youth participation and interest in daylily photography. This award, jointly sponsored by AHS Region 3 and the Dublin (GA) Hemerocallis Society, Inc., will be presented for the first time at the 2011 AHS Convention and will continue for ensuing years. This award is broken into two divisions by age.

The following rules are specific to this award.

• Youth members may submit entries in the appropriate age divisions.

1. Beginner Division – open to AHS Youth members who are at least five years old and under thirteen years of age by the Nov. 1 contest deadline.

2. Intermediate Division – open to AHS Youth members who are at least thirteen years old and under eighteen years of age by the Nov. 1 contest deadline.

• The winning photographer in each division will receive a $50 cash award. The winning image in each division will be used in both the Daylily Journal and on the AHS website.

• Each entrant may submit a total of ten entries selected from any of the following categories: single bloom, multi-bloom, landscape or artistic garden images.

• Backgrounds and surroundings should be natural if possible. Photographers should make an effort to avoid any background distractions that detract from the beauty of the blooms.

• Entrants must submit cultivar name, hybridizer and year of registration with each entry in the single or multi bloom category. Only registered cultivars are allowed. On landscape images, garden names should be included.

• Minor photo editing (such as cropping and minor color and light correction) are allowed, but photographers are cautioned to avoid over-correction and enhancement of images.

• Winning images will be selected by the Judges’ panel on the basis of photographic quality including light and color accuracy, focus, composition, visual appeal and originality.

• Copyright consent forms are required from all entrants. Parents or guardians must sign the copyright release forms for minor children/ dependents.

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