Chicago Botanic Garden


Photo ©2014 Carolynn Leiding, orchid contest grand prize winner


Photo ©2012 Erica Schultz, winter contest grand prize winner


Special Events

Digital Photography Contests

Our Orchid Show contest is February 13 – March 15, 2015
Our Winter Photo contest is February 13 – March 15, 2015

Winners announced March 20, 2015

Our next gallery postings will be March 10, 2015.

Enter photos to the Orchid Show contest.
View current gallery of entries.

Enter a photo to the Winter Photo contest.
View current gallery of entries.

We hope you will join us March 7 at 9 a.m. for our next free photo walk. Free monthly photo walks are held as part of the Garden's seasonal Digital Photography Contests. Please note the meeting location for this month's walk will be Alsdorf Auditorium.

Show us your photos that best capture the magic of the Garden! For the Orchid Show contest only, you may enter as many times as you wish. Our seasonal photo contests permit one photo per entrant. We are looking for a unique artistic effort that captures the joy of being in the Garden.

Our digital photography contest will recognize two Grand Prize winners in each contest to win a Garden membership each.

Winners of our contests will have their photographs featured in downloadable wallpaper galleries on our website, seen by close to a million people each year, and may be featured in various Garden publications. The Grand Prize winners will each receive complimentary one-year memberships to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Photo galleries are updated each Tuesday during the contest, with a final gallery posting at the conclusion of the contest, so that all visitors to our website will see contestants' work.

Questions? Contact or call (847) 835-6844.

How to Enter

1. Pick your very best photo taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
(For tips on picking your best photo, click here.) We are looking for technically proficient photos, with purposeful focus and exposure. Make sure you consider your composition!
2. Resize your photo.
Entries must be less than 2MB in file size (not megapixels—there is no megapixel limit).
For tips on how to resize your photo, click here.
3. Name the file you are submitting with your first and last name.
Example: Jane Doe.jpg
(If the filename of your entry is not your name, we will not know who you are, and your photo will not be included!)
4. Upload your photo(s) using the online form.
Enter your photo(s) with the link(s) above, beginning February 13, 2015, at 9 a.m. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
5. Look for your photo(s) in the online gallery the Tuesday following your date of entry.
The gallery is updated every Tuesday by noon.
6. Become a fan of the Garden on Facebook or join our flickr group to share more of your beautiful garden photos.


  • Accepting digital submissions only. No prints or slides accepted.
  • Open to all amateur photographers not employed by the Garden; the contest is closed to Garden staff and professional photographers.
  • Photographs will be judged by a team of judges selected by the Garden.
  • Photographers agree to let the Garden use both their photograph and their name on the Garden website and in Garden publications; however, names will not be public during the public voting period.
  • Photographs must be accompanied by a description of the photo including the date and Garden location.
  • Photographs must be taken at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022.
  • Photographs must be jpg format.
  • File size may not exceed 2MB in file size.
  • No cash prizes—Grand Prize winners each receive a Garden membership.

Social Media and eNewsletter

Sign up for our eNewsletter to ensure you receive information about future photo contests with the Garden. To see more Garden images, visit our Flickr photo group.