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2017 Roses Wall Calendar

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THROUGH THE CONTEST RULES AS THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES.

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 June 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 (05/10/16)

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 (www.rose.org, 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 (www.rose.org).
  • 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.

2016 – 2018 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 - gosborn[at]iowatelecom[dot]net
  • Linda Osborn – lolospem[at]gmail[dot]com
  • 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 1/6/2016)

 

Digital Photography Contest

Click here to download the entry form 

2016 Contest Rules

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 13-7

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 four 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 American Rose Digital Photo Contests (excluding Novice, New Member, and Youth classes)

Digital photographs must be .jpeg files and must be high resolution files. The pictures must be no smaller than 2 megapixels. File sizes can be no larger than 20MB. The high resolution is necessary to ensure that winning entries will print properly in the magazine. Any photos considered to be 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 American Rose Digital Photo Contests are not eligible.

While the same photo cannot be entered by more than one person, entries from the same garden may be exhibited by multiple members of the immediate family as Exhibitor Grown.

All roses photographed must be outdoor grown roses.

With the exception of seedlings, rose varieties photographed MUST be entered under ARS approved exhibition names as listed in any of the following official ARS publications: Modern Roses 12 (book and database), the Official List of Approved Exhibition Names for Judges & Exhibitors, the Handbook for Selecting Roses, or “Recent Registrations” on the ARS website. In cases where a variety is not listed in any of the above ARS publications, a listing in the Combined Rose List is acceptable.

 

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.

 

If the rose(s) being photographed was/were also grown by the exhibitor, the designation “EG” should follow the name of the rose, garden, or arrangement. An example would be 10c-Aumiller-Gemini-EG. This will put the exhibit in the running for medal certificates.

 

Digital photographs may be enhanced by the use of any graphic program, such as Photoshop, Elements or Photo Impact for the purposes of cropping, rotation, lightening, darkening, minor clean up corrections for camera sensor dirt, or sharpening of the image ONLY. Classes which require or encourage the use of photo editing software for photo enhancement allow any other types of enhancements to be used

The exhibitor may place nothing identifying the photographer on the front of the photograph. This means no watermarks, copyrights, or imprinted date/time stamps. Photographs with such identifiers will be disqualified.

 

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.

 

ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 5, 2016. Entries can be submitted via Dropbox. The files should be uploaded and the link sent to americanrosephoto@yahoo.com . Please make sure if you send the photos via dropbox that you include a copy of the entry form.

 

Mailing Instructions:

 

Send all mailed digital photographs directly to:Curtis Aumiller,5 Brentwood Rd,Camp Hill,PA 17011-2529 • Phone:(717) 612-1575 • Email:americanrosephoto@yahoo.com.

 

When submitting digital pictures, they must be placed on a CD, DVD, Thumb Drive, or via Dropbox in one directory. Make sure they can be read by a Windows compatible computer and mailed entries are properly packaged for safe delivery.  Photos that are in a “program” to be viewed will be disqualified. Emailed 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.

 

All rights to the submitted photographs are retained by the owners of the photographs.  However, by submitting a photograph to the contest, the exhibitor (1) warrants that he or she owns the copyright of the submitted photograph and is not legally prohibited from submitting it to the contest, and (2) agrees to allow the American Rose Society to publish the photograph in American Rose. Any individual that enters this contest also gives express permission for the American Rose Society to reproduce their photographs for educational and/or display purposes with a credit line to the photographer whenever possible.  The American Rose Society may use the photograph in any publication or magazine, but will not sell the photograph. Any inquiries about sale of the photograph will be referred to the photographer.

 

Judges judging the photography section of the show and members of their immediate family should not exhibit except in classes specified for the judges.  Under no circumstances shall any winner from a class for judges or members of their immediate family be considered for any show award other than an award the Show Committee may designate for the judges’ class or classes.

 Classes

 

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 side buds, stamens must show.  Roses classified by the 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 American Rose Society Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Arrangers name MUST be listed. Roses do not need to be identified.

6: A photo of a Modern arrangement, miniature or standard, following the American Rose Society Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Arrangers name MUST be listed. Roses do not need to be identified

7: A photo of an arrangement in the Oriental Manner, miniature or standard, following the American Rose Society Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements Arrangers name MUST be listed. Roses do not need to be identified.

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 & white, texturizing, dodging, burning, dithering, painting, shadowing, blurring, layering, cloning, filtering, merging, cropping, etc. This does not include abstract arrangements.

9: Garden: 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. The name of the garden MUST be listed. Roses do not need to be identified.

10: Seedling: A photograph of any seedling which is not currently registered/named. This can be any type of rose, but the name of the hybridizer MUST be listed. Example of naming the entry would be 10a-Seedling-Aumiller

11: Macro Photography: Photographs should be EXTREME closeup photo of any part of the rose or rose plant. This would include prickles, leaves, etc.  Color, Black & White, Sepia, or combinations of these are permitted in this class. Roses MUST be identified.

12: Novice Class: Open only to those ARS members who have not previously won an award (first through fourth place) in the ARS American Rose 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, 1-11 by preceding the class number with the number 12 (Class 12-1, 12-2, 12-3,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.

13: Master Class: Eligible contestants may have six entries each in the following four classes by preceding the class with the number 13 (Class 13-1, 13-2, 13-3 etc.). There will be six winners (first through sixth place) in each class (13-1 through 13-6) 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 13-7 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 13-7, however only one variety per class.  Example is you may not enter 4 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.

13-1: One bloom, any classification. No sidebuds are permitted.

13-2:  A spray of roses (2 or more blooms) of any classification. This class does NOT include collections.

13-3: An arrangement, either standard or miniature, following the American Rose Society Guidelines for Judging Rose Arrangements. Arranger MUST be listed, but roses do not need to be identified.

13-4: 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 & white, texturizing, dodging, burning, dithering, painting, shadowing, blurring, layering, cloning, filtering, merging, cropping, etc. This does not include abstract arrangements.

13-5:  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. The name of the garden MUST be listed. Roses do not need to be identified.

13-6: Macro Photography: Photographs should be EXTREME close-up photo of any part of the rose or rose plant.  Color, Black & White, Sepia, or combinations of these are permitted in this class.

13-7: Portfolio: Contestants may use five photos that are eligible for entry in classes 1-11 in the regular classes.  Entries should be listed as 13-7-1a, 13-7-1b, 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.

14: 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.

15: Judges Class: This class is open to judges of the ARS Magazine Digital Photo Contest each year.  Judges can enter 2 photos that could be entered in the regular show (classes 1-11).  This class is NOT eligible for the Best in Show award.

 Judging

Judging shall be in accordance with the current ARS Guidelines & Rules for Judging Rose Photography.  Judges may bestow or withhold any award, including ribbons, as they see fit.  Judging for ARS awards and major show awards should be shared by all the judges judging the show. The decision of the judges is final.

  1. The following scale of points will be used for judging entries:

 

CONFORMANCE          10

 

SPECIFIC SECTION……… 40

 

COMPOSITION……… 15

 

TECHNIQUE……… 15

 

DISTINCTION……… 20

 

TOTAL                                                            100

 

Awards

Awards will be announced via a webinar. The date and time of the webinar will be announced ahead of time to all those who entered. Contestants will not be individually notified of any winning photos except via the webinar. The webinar will be recorded so that others can view it later if they wish.

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. The best in class entries are then eligible for Queen, King, and Princess of the show. Medal certificates will also be awarded for those individuals who have photographed roses in which the photographer was also the individual who grew the rose.

 The first place winners in each class, along with the names of all winners, will be published in various issues of American Rose throughout the year. All first place winners will be eligible for the Best of Contest Award unless otherwise stated above.

 

ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 5, 2016.

Mailing Instructions:

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

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 entry form (2016)

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