Photo Contest

2023 Photo Contest

The 2022 Photo Contest has concluded.  Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners.  Here is the list of winners which also contains links to their winning photos.

Every year the American Iris Society sponsors a photo contest. Concentrating generally on irises, the people who grow and hybridize them, and their use in garden or natural settings, the contest is open to anyone who submits a picture. The specific categories vary from year to year, and are open to adults and youth alike with separate awards for youth submissions.

Please note: “Digital photo submissions to the Photo Contest must be high resolution (300 dpi or higher) and at least 4 X 6 inches in size. (Saved as a “maximum quality” jpeg, that would be a file size of approximately 1.4 MB)

2023 AIS Photo Contest 

The AIS invites you to participate in our annual Photo Contest. A panel of three to five judges will judge photos received and their decisions will be final. Submissions for the 2023 AIS Photo Contest will be received from May 1st, 2023 to August 1st, 2023 (midnight, Pacific Daylight Time). This contest is free and open to everyone, with the exception of contest Judges and the contest chairperson who are not eligible to enter or win. The winning photo of each category will be published in the AIS January Bulletin and on the AIS web site.
Prior year’s winners and honorable mentions can be viewed on the AIS web site at

The 2023 winner of each category will receive a 2023 introduction (within USA only). The winner of each category will also receive a 1-year membership or 1-year membership extension to AIS. Winners who are AIS life members will receive an e-membership or annual membership in an AIS Section of their choice. Runners-up of each category will receive a 2021 to 2022 introduction (within the USA only).

Anyone can do it!

How to Enter

The full details on how to enter are included on the official entry form that can be downloaded using the following link: 2023 AIS Photo Contest Entry Form (Adobe PDF file)
This is a PDF file that can be downloaded and filled in using Adobe Acrobat, saved, and emailed to the contest chair along with your entries or alternately it can be printed and mailed in.

Simply fill out the entry form designating in which category you are entering your digital photos (e.g. Cat3 Margaret Hart with ‘Snow Flurry’) and use the same designation for your photo file name. Then e-mail (or snail mail a CD) of your digital high-resolution photos, along with the entry form, to the AIS Photo Contest Coordinator, at the address indicated below and on the form. 

You may submit up to 6 photos total for this contest. They may be all entered in one category or separate categories. The deadline for entries is Midnight, August 1st, 2023 – California Time.

(NOTE: Any photo submitted that was a winner in previous years will automatically be disqualified.)

There must be irises in the photo and irises in the photos should be of the Genus Iris. 

Entries will be selected and judged in six (6) categories:
1. Irises in a landscape or garden. (Show the iris in the garden).
2. Irises in the wild. (Species in the wild, field or planting).
3. A person or people at iris events or tours. 
4. Close up of an iris or irises. (Whole flower is showing.) 
5. Iris photos – macro (close up of bloom segments.)
6. Photos of pets, wildlife or garden art with the irises. 

*** Youth photographers (under 19) can choose to enter either the Youth Category (photo must have an iris in it) or any of the adult categories, but not both. ***

“High Resolution” digital photos are required (i.e. no smaller than 1600×1000 dimensions) with minimum file size of 1.2 MB. Entries can be emailed (Maximum two photos per email) to

If you only have prints take them to a store to have them digitized in “High Resolution” files placed on a CD (double check the photos are there) and mail said CD along with your entry form.) Include name of the variety or person in each photo on the entry form and photo file name, if known.

A panel of 3 – 5 judges will judge the photos received and their decisions will be final.

Submissions for the 2023 AIS Photo Contest will be received from May 1, 2023 to August 1, 2023 – MIDNIGHT-California Time.

The American Iris Society Photo Contest

e-mail photos & entry form to:
SUBJECT – AIS Photo Contest

Send inquiries to

The full details on how to enter are included on the official entry form provided on this link: 2023 Photo Contest Entry Form (Adobe PDF file)

2021 Photo Contest

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 photo contest!  You can see all the winning photos in this PDF.