Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK, while brainstorming ways that we could encourage participation among our members and website visitors, someone tossed out the idea of having a wildflower photography contest. We thought maybe there wouldn't be any interest in another contest since there were long-standing contests by organizations like National Wildlife Federation and Audubon. We thought maybe we wouldn't have many entries. Boy, were we wrong!
Last year – during the contest's first year – we received 2,500 entries by 750 photographers. And this year we received exactly double that by exactly double the number of photographers. Prizes were modest still, but this time entries came in from around the globe. Last year, eight of nine winners lived in Texas; this year, only three of nine were Texans.
We held our contest this year with Texas Highways: The Travel Magazine of Texas. Some of our winners said they'd learned of the contest in their magazine. Others searched online for wildflower photography contests in which to enter their spring photographs. Still others saw a sign out at the Wildflower Center.
This year, we received more photographs from different places, and as you would expect we received more photographs of more different plants and types of plants. Sure, there were bluebonnet photographs – one's even a winner – but there were also thousands of others that showcased the extraordinary plant diversity we have across the country.
Our first-place winners received a commemorative bowl handcrafted from native Texas mesquite by Curtis Alston Laudermilk of Bryan, Texas. Cash prizes and family-level memberships were awarded to all winners.
Judges had the pleasure – and the tough job – of combing through thousands to pick the best ones. We hope you enjoy seeing the winners in the article "In the Moment," pages 12-19. Thank you to everyone who took time to enter, and happy holidays to you all.
— Christina Kosta Procopiou, Editor