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2017 Photography Contest

2017 Photography Contest Rules

"Dahlias Through the Camera's Lens"

The registration package has been posted and is available for download.

Our Photo Contest will be held during our second show on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15

Download Photo Show Brochure/Registration in PDF or Word

Download Rules in PDF or Word

How to Take Great Dahlia Photos

by Dee Cunningham

The dahlias are beginning to bloom and that means many opportunities to take beautiful photographs to enter into our Photo Show this September!! The brochure and registration form are available for download our website. We look forward to your interpretations of the dahlia, so get your cameras ready! You don’t need a fancy camera and expensive equipment. Often, Point and Shoot cameras produce fantastic photos.

The following are some basic tips to taking pictures:

  1. Know your camera and how it responds to different weather conditions, such as sun, shade, overcast, misty rain, time of day. Reading the manual often helps.
  2. Make sure your lens is clean. Spots or dust on the lens can effect the quality of your photo.
  3. See where the light is coming from. Keep the sun to the side of you and check in your lens to see if shadows are on your bloom.
  4. If taking pictures in a garden with poles, avoid including the pole in your photo.
  5. Best time of the day to take pictures is usually early morning or early dusk, but take advantage of anytime of the day you see a great photo opportunity.
  6. Notice the background of your subject. Too much going on behind your dahlia can distract from your photo. Fill the frame with your bloom.
  7. Shoot many, many pictures. Then you can choose the best one but take your time. Also, the more pictures you take, the better you will get.
  8. Keep a camera with you whenever you know you will be seeing dahlias. You won’t miss some great blooms this way!
  9. Instead of shooting a photo standing up, change your position to a crouch or even lie down to get a different perspective.
  10. Keep your elbows at your side to get a more stable photo.

2016 Photography Contest Winners

2016 LIDS Annual Photo Competition & Display Show Winners


Best of the Show: Ann Jacobsen

First runner up: Dick Hunt

Second runner up: Gail Chiovaro

Honorable Mention: Louise Stalzer & Robert Tobias

BEGINNER: Class #1 Dahlia Portrait

First: Louise Stalzer

Second: Valentin Gonzalez

Third: Maria Augustine

Class #2 Two or More Dahlia Blooms

First: Valentin Gonzalez

Second: Maria Augustine

Third: Sandy Long

Honorable Mention: Hannah Hammond

Class #3 Macro/Artistic Impression

First: Hannah Hammond

Second: Lisa D’Amato

Third: Hannah Hammond

Class #4 Dahlias with a dahlia activity or event

First: Maria Augustine

Second: Maria Augustine

Class #5 Dahlias with insects or children

First: Robert Tobias

Second: Robert Tobias

Third: Sandy Long

Honorable Mention: Lisa D’Amato

ADVANCED: Class #1 Dahlia Portrait

First: Ann Jacobsen

Second: Ann Jacobsen

Third: Rita Anderson

Honorable Mention: Gail Chiovaro

Class #2 Two or More Dahlias

First: Richard Hunt

Second: Dennis Dukacz

Third: Sherry Dukacz

Honorable Mention: Truday Runyan

Class #3 Macro/Artistic Impression

First: Gail Chiovaro

Second: Pat D’Aversa

Third: Sherry Dukacz

Honorable Mention: Trudy Runyan

Class #4 Dahlias with a Dahlia Activity or Event

First: Dee Cunningham

Second: Dee Cunningham

Third: Trudy Runyan

Honorable Mention: Trudy Runyan

Class #5 Dahlias with Insects or Children

First: Trudy Runyan

Second: Bob Labuski

Third: Sherry Dukacz

Honorable Mention: Ethel Bizzari


Class #1, #2, #3, #4, #5: All five categories earned First and Second place and were entered by Lydia Matos-Cleere.