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Calendar ContestChildren’s Essay Contest | Newsletter/Bulletin Competition | Photography Contest

2017 Roses Wall Calendar


Guidelines for 2016 Calendar entries:

  • Photos must be 13 inches by 11 inches AND at least 300 dpi. (Tip: Set your camera options to the highest resolution and picture size possible.)
  • Please identify all roses in photo.
  • The roses must be commercially available.
  • We prefer not to use roses that have been a large photo in the calendar in the last five years. Here is PDF list of roses published since 2008.
  • Limited of 10 submissions per member.
  • Digital photography ONLY.
  • Deadline is May 1, 2016.
  • Email submissions to beth@rose[at]org or you can mail a CD to American Rose Society, ATTN: Editorial, P.O. Box 30000, Shreveport, LA 71130.

Children’s Essay Contest

Children’s Essay Contest

Contact Beth Smiley, beth[at]rose[dot]org

All children ages 12 and younger may take part in the contest. They may use their own rose-related theme or choose one of the following:

• Why the Rose is America’s National Flower

• Why Roses Are the Symbol of Love, Friendship, Beauty and Peace

• Why I Love Roses

• Why My Parents or Grandparents Love Roses

• A fictional story about roses.

Entries may be accompanied by a drawing or painting. Essays should be no more than 400 words. The deadline for submitting entries is June 1, 2016. Entries must be accompanied by a separate page containing the following information: child’s name, age, school grade, parent’s name, address and parent’s phone number or e-mail address for notification of winners. This information must be included on a separate sheet of paper, not on the essay.

Mail entries to: American Rose Society • Children’s Essay Contest • P.O. Box 30000 • Shreveport, LA 71130.

(Updated 01/8/2015)

Newsletter/Bulletin Competition

Publications Committee Chair: Patsy Cunningham, patham[at]cox[dot]net
(Approved ARS Board Franklin, Tennessee, March, 2013)

Society editors should submit entries for the Newsletter/Bulletin competition electronically. ie by e-mail, even if normally sent in paper format to their members. Editors that choose not to compete in the competition are still encouraged to submit their newsletters for Award of Merit (AOM) considerations so that outstanding articles may be recognized for their excellence “AOM ONLY” should be designated on the e-mail subject line.

Publication Committee Members and Contact Information
All Electronic Division entries must be sent to all members of the committee as listed in the Jan/Feb issue of American Rose and on the ARS website (, members only, committees); or contact the American Rose Society headquarters office for the current listing.

Rules of Competition
The ARS conducts an annual competition to recognize outstanding publication of local societies and districts. It is conducted by the ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee and is open to all ARS Local Societies and Districts.

There are two categories for publications, one for local societies and one for districts. The category for local societies is further subdivided into Class A and Class B. There are no subdivisions for District newsletters/bulletins.

  • Class A subdivision is for small rose societies, consisting of 65 (+/-10) members or fewer (upper limit =75).
  • Class B subdivision is for large rose societies, consisting of 76 members or more.
  • The number of members is based on the circulation size of their newsletters, minus courtesy exchanges, and is designated by the editor or publisher.
  • Organizations that fall between the 65-75 member range will have the freedom to choose  A or B newsletter range, per their preference. Once this class election is made, it remains in effect for the year.
  • As a recommendation, electronic newsletter size should be kept less than 2 megabytes, to facilitate download.
  • Newsletter/Bulletins should be sent to the designated ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee members including the chairman, and ARS. Members are listed in the announcement of competition in the January/February issue of American Rose, the ARS and YOU electronic newsletter, and are posted on the ARS website.
  • The subject line for the e-mail submissions to committee members must contain the full society name to prevent confusion.
  • Publications should be e-mailed at the same time as they are e-mailed to members or subscribers. To qualify for an award, the committee must receive at least four issues of the local newsletter/bulletins, and at least two issues of district newsletter/bulletins.
  • In addition to the newsletters/bulletin competition, the committee will recognize individual articles and special publications for Awards of Merit. Individual articles from newsletter/bulletins or special, one time only, publications are selected for Award of Merit by members of the committee. There are no classes for special or one time publications submitted for Award of Merit. The rules and point breakdown can be found in the Contests section on the ARS website (
  • Paper newsletters will be accepted for Award of Merit (AOM) awards only. AOM awards are given to outstanding articles recognized for their excellence. Editors that choose not to compete in the competition are still encouraged to submit their newsletters for Award of Merit (AOM) considerations. “AOM Only” should be designated on the cover or e-mail subject line
  • A society must enter the competition by June 10 in order to be eligible for awards, though it still may be considered for AOM after that date. Newsletters must be received by January 10 to be eligible for scoring in the previous year’s competition.
  • Members of the ARS Newsletter/Bulletin Awards Committee, except the chairperson, evaluate and score newsletter/bulletins submitted for competition. A committee member and his/her family may not evaluate and score the newsletter/bulletin from his/her society or district.

Electronic Newsletter/Bulletin Scoring

Local Society Newsletter/Bulletins Scale of Points

  • 30 points — Rose horticulture information — Use of original, locally authored articles is weighted most heavily in this category. Reprinting articles from other authors is permitted, but the articles should be relative to the locale of the rose society; i.e., rose growing in Maine requires different techniques than in California. Reprints should be useful information for readers, not space fillers. Credit should be given to the author and source of any reprinted articles.
  • 10 points — Other rose-related information — Articles on rose arranging, history, photography, art, rose botany, recipes, drying of roses, exhibiting techniques and reports by members at district or national conventions are the types of subjects to be considered.
  • 20 points — Local society information and promotion — Meeting minutes, board actions, new members, membership drives, rose shows, local Roses in Review results, community efforts and pruning parties at public gardens are the type considered for these points.
  • 15 points — Upcoming program information — Include times and dates for upcoming meetings, speaker bios, and rose shows of nearby societies.
  • 10 points — ARS and District information — Can include information on items available from ARS, announcements of conventions, district seminars, ARS membership information, Christmas in Roseland information.
  • 15 points — Overall Appearance and Workmanship — Neat and orderly design of publication for easy reading, straightforward navigation, effective use of color, optimized web graphics, interactive functioning web links, e-mail addresses, etc. The newsletter/bulletin should be devoid of typos and misspellings.

District Newsletter/Bulletins Scale of Points

  • 30 points — District Information and Promotion — Announcement of meetings, seminars, reports of district meetings, committee assignments and district award winners.
  • 20 points — ARS Promotion and Information — News about national conventions, membership drives and special programs such as Home Depot seminars.
  • 20 points — Rose horticulture information — Articles by the district’s top growers on planting, growing, fertilizing, etc.
  • 10 points — Other rose-related information — Exhibiting techniques, biographies of notable members of the district and promoting participation in Rose in Review are examples of rose-related information.
  • 10 points — News/information from Local Rose Societies — Successful programs by local societies, membership drives, programs to retain members. Complete listings of local society rose show results require a large amount of space and should be held to a minimum. Such reports are more appropriate when limited to a listing of winners of top awards.
  • 10 points — Overall Appearance and Workmanship — Neat and orderly design of publication for easy reading. The newsletter/bulletin should be devoid of typos and misspellings.

2013 – 2015 Newsletter Committee Members

  • ARS Headquarters – ars[at]rose[dot]org
  • Patsy Cunningham, newsletter chair – patham[at]cox[dot]net
  • Andy Vanable -  avanable1[at]cox[dot]net
  • Ann Gibson – ambushe[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Suzanne Horn – ladyredlhw[at]aol[dot]com
  • Barbara Norkus - bnorkus[at]caprirealestate[dot]net
  • Brenna Bosch – brennabosch[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Gary and Linda Osborn – gosborn[at]iowatelecom[dot]net
  • William Reynolds – pandbreynolds[at]aol[dot]com
  • Pat Colburn – 5647south[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Jacqui Nye – funjac[at]hotmail[dot]com
  • Barbara Arthur – bbarthur3[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Jeannie Cochell – jecochell[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Robyn Wilkerson – rwnewsltr[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Sheree Wright – dixie3.rose[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Ken Elmore – your23red_roses[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Linda Burg – ldburg[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Karen Barnes – barneskw[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Richard Anthony – rja4cpa[at]aol[dot]com

(Updated 11/30/2015)


Digital Photography Contest

2016 Contest Rules

  • The ARS holds this competition for members to enter their best digital rose images. The judging panel is made up of ARS horticultural and/or Arrangement judges who are also experienced photographers. There are numerous classes including regular, novice, new member, and master, with certificates given in each class. Winners of each class are featured in the May issue of American Rose. The deadline for entries for the 2016 contest is November 5, 2016.
  • Contestants are permitted to enter a maximum of three digital photographs per class in all classes — excluding Novice, Master and Youth classes unless otherwise specified.
  • Contestants may enter only one photo of a particular variety in any class excluding 12-6.
  • Duplicate photos may not be entered in different classes.
  • Youth who qualify for the Youth class, may submit a total of six photos in the Youth class.
  • Novice contestants can enter six photos per class in the Novice classes.
  • “Masters” are defined as any contestant who has won a total of five or more blue ribbons in previous ARS Digital Photo Contests (excluding Novice, New Member and Youth classes).
  • Digital photographs must be .jpeg files and must be high resolution files no larger than 20MB. The high resolution is necessary to ensure that winning entries will print properly in the magazine. Low resolution digital files will not be considered for awards.
  • The entrant must be a current ARS member at the time of the deadline for entries, and must have taken all photographs entered. Any contestant whose membership has lapsed prior to the deadline date will be ineligible.
  • Photographs which have won awards in previous ARS Digital Photo Contests are not eligible.
  • The rose photos must be entered under the ARS Approved Exhibition Names. Grooming the rose(s) is encouraged and artificial backgrounds may be used.
  • Digital photographs shall be saved in the following format: class number with the letters a-c for multiple pictures in the same class, last name of the contestant and the approved exhibition name of the rose. An example would be 10c-Aumiller-Gemini. Only one entry would be 10a-Aumiller-Gemini. Any added text that is on the photo itself will be cause for disqualification.
  • Digital photographs may be enhanced by the use of any graphic program, such as Photoshop, Elements or Photo Impact.
  • The chair of the committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not conform to the stated rules prior to the entries being judged.


Mailing Instructions:

Send all digital photographs directly to: Curtis Aumiller, 5 Brentwood Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011-2529 — Phone: (717)612-1575 — E-mail:

When submitting digital pictures, they must be placed on a CD, DVD or thumb drive in one directory. Make sure they can be read by a Windows compatible computer and are properly packaged for safe delivery. Photos that are in a “program” to be viewed will be disqualified. E-mailed photos will not be accepted.

All entries must be accompanied by the completed entry form. Entries received without the completed entry form will be disqualified.

The CD/DVD/drive will not be returned and should have the contestant’s name, e-mail and address printed on the CD/DVD/drive.

Any individual that enters this contest gives express permission for the American Rose Society to produce their photographs for educational and/or display purposes with a credit line to the photographer whenever possible. The photographer retains the copyright of the photo. The American Rose Society may use the photograph in any publication or magazine, but will not sell the photograph. Any inquiries about the sale of the photograph will be referred to the photographer.

Click here to download the pdf Entry Form. (6/2015)

Classes – Please be advised that there are new classes and changes for 2015.

1: One bloom, no sidebuds, of hybrid tea, grandiflora, minature, miniflora and floribuda classifications of roses. Roses designated as “single” (eg. Single HT, etc.) must be entered in Class 2.

2: One bloom, fully open, no sidebuds, stamens must show. Roses classified by ARS as “singles” are permitted in this class. Hybrid tea, grandiflora, minature, miniflora and floribuda classifications of roses are in this class.

3: One spray, two or more blooms, hybrid tea, grandiflora, minature, miniflora and floribuda classifications of roses are in this class. This class does not include collections.

4: One bloom or spray of an old garden rose, shrub, species, polyantha or large climber. Spray photos do not include collections.

5: A photo of a Traditional arrangement, miniature or standard, following the ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Please indicate arranger’s name. If arranger is not known, you must indicate show where arrangement was exhibited.

6: A photo of a Modern arrangement, miniature or standard, following the ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Please indicate arranger’s name. If arranger is not known, you must indicate show where arrangement was exhibited.

7: A photo of an arrangement in the Oriental Manner, miniature or standard, following the ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Please indicate arranger’s name. If arranger is not known, you must indicate show where arrangement was exhibited.

8: Abstract or Impressionism: The photograph should evoke a sense of originality; a new and different way of imagining the rose or roses with the mind’s eye. This may include processes used to alter the original image such as colorizing, black and white, texturizing, dodging, burning, dithering, painting, shadowing, blurring, layering, cloning, filtering, merging, cropping, etc. This does not include abstract arrangements.

9: A photo of any rose garden. Photographs should show the use of roses within the structure of a garden, which can be widely variable. Roses should dominate in the photograph, and some layout of the garden should be visible.

10: Macro Photography: Photographs should be EXTREME close-up photos of any part of the rose or rose plant. Color, black and white, sepia or combinations of these are permitted in this class.

11: Novice Class: Open only to those ARS members who have not previously won an award (first through fourth place) in the ARS Digital Photo Contest. Eligible contestants may enter either the novice or the regular classes, but not both. Those entering the novice class may enter any class, 1-10 by preceding the class number with the number 11 (Class 11-1, 11-2, 11-3,etc.). There will be four winners (first place through fourth place), and the first place winners will be eligible for the Best in Show Award.

12: Master Class: Eligible contestants may have six entries each in the following four classes by preceding the class with the number 12 (Class 12-1, 12-2, 12-3, 12-4). There will be six winners (first through sixth place) in each class (12-1 through 12-4) and the first place winners will be eligible for Best in Show award. Contestants who qualify for this class are ineligible to compete in other classes. Only one photo per variety permitted in each class. Contestants may only have one entry in class 12-5 and there will be only one winner in this class (this is Challenge Class). The same variety of rose can be used in any of the photos in 12-5; however, only one variety per class. Example: you may not enter four photos of ‘Gemini’ that would be HT exhibition form, but you can enter a photo of ‘Gemini’ as HT exhibition, one as ‘Gemini’ Spray, one as Arrangement with ‘Gemini’, etc.

12-1: One bloom, any classification. No sidebuds are permitted.

12-2: A spray of roses (two or more blooms) of any classification. This class does not include collections.

12-3: An arrangement, either standard or miniature, following the ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements.

12-4: An abstract shot of any rose or rose parts or any photo of a rose garden or area.

12-5: Macro Photography: Photographs should be extreme close-up photos of any part of the rose or rose plant. Color, black and white, sepia or combinations of these are permitted in this class.

12-6: Portfolio: Contestants may use five photos that are eligible for entry in classes 1-10 in the regular classes. Entries should be listed as 12-6-1a, 12-6-1b, etc. Contestants can have multiple photos from the same class or single photos from multiple classes. This class is not eligible for Best in Show, but may be featured in a future ARS Magazine page.

13: Youth Class: A photo of any type of rose, rose garden or rose activity. For all entrants under the age of 16. Exhibitor must list their age on the entry form.

14: Judges Class: This class is open to judges of the ARS Digital Photo Contest each year. Judges can enter two photos that could be entered in the regular show (classes 1-10). This class is not eligible for the Best in Show award.


  • The judging panel will consist of ARS accredited rose judges who are photographers.
  • Classes 1-4, 11-1 through 11-4, 12-1 and 12-2 will be judged 50 percent on exhibition quality and 50 percent on photographic excellence.
  • Classes 5-7, 11-5 through 11-7, and 12-3 (arrangements) will be judged 50 percent on the arrangement design and flower quality following the ARS Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements and 50 percent on photographic excellence.
  • Classes 8, 9, 10, 11-8 through 11-10, 12-4 and class 12 will be judged on photographic excellence only.
  • Class 12-5 will be judged 50 percent on overall impression of the portfolio and 50 percent on the individual images. Judges are looking for a cohessiveness that will highlight the style and artistry of the photographer.


There will be four “Certificate of Photographic Excellence” Awards in each class if warranted. The judges reserve the right to not award a first place award if the entries do not merit such an award. Gold for first place, Silver for second, Bronze for third and one Honorable Mention award. The first place winners in each class, along with the names of all winners, will be published in the May/June issue of American Rose. All first place winners will be eligible for the Best of Contest Award unless otherwise stated above.

(Updated 06/1/2015)