2015 Annual Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photography Competition Results! 

The 2015 winners are:

🔸Landscape (LS) Category

Winning Photograph by:  Regina Zopf

Honorable Mention Photographs by:
Robert Sullivan
Susan Hormuth
Thomas Redmond

🔸 Plants & Flowers (PF) Category

Winning Photograph by:  Daniel B. McNeill

Honorable Mention Photographs by:
Amelia Campana
Carol Ward
Mohib Ahmad

🔸 People (PP) Category 


Winning Photograph by:  Susan Hormuth

🔸 Wildlife (WL) Category

Winning Photograph by:  Susan Hormuth

Honorable Mention Photographs by:
Daniel B. McNeill
Mohib Ahmad 
Nicol Hockett


The competition showcases the works of photographers, who captured the many hidden gems discovered at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens located in our Nation’s Capitol. This year’s winning and honorable mention photographs were selected by jurors Jocelyn Augustino, Freelance Photographer; Benson Blake, Professional Photographer; and Jarvis Grant, Art Professor, Howard University.


2015 Annual Photography Competition

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a hidden paradise, an urban oasis, filled with artistic inspiration that is located a few miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.  The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions to its Annual Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photography Competition and Exhibition. The photography competition will offer all photographers the chance to experience and capture the many hidden gems in and around the Gardens.

Questions related to the contest should be directed to Danita Delaney at kenaqgardens@gmail.com.





The competition is open to all photographers, ages 8 and over, who have photographed the plants, animals and landscape at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens located in northeast, Washington, D.C.  Employees of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Board Members of Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, as well as, the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees and board members are not eligible to enter this competition.




  1. Plants and Flowers (PF)

  2. Landscape (LS)

  3. Wildlife (WL)

  4. People (PP) - This category may require signed model release(s) by person(s) visible in digital photograph upon request.




The digital photographs selected by three independent jurors will be printed, framed and displayed at a public artists exhibition hosted by Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and its sponsors during National Public Land Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  




Each participant may enter up to four (4) digital photographs per category for consideration.  However, previously submitted digital photograph(s) to Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Nature and Landscape Photography Competition will not be considered.  


  1. Each submitted digital photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the photography competition participant.  By entering the photography competition, the participant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the digital photograph, and that the digital photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The participant agrees to indemnify Friends Kenilworth of Aquatic Gardens from any and all third party claims arising from the digital photograph.

  2. The digital photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the FKAG, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

  3. Please submit digital photographs that are suitable for printing for an exhibition. The preferred size is 11x14 @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe sRGB or Untagged color profiles.  

  4. Acceptable digital photograph files are:   color, black and white, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) saved as .jpeg or .jpg format.

  5. No boarders, date stamp or photographer’s name/watermark may appear on the digital photographs.

  6. Digital photograph  files should be named in the following manner:

    • Photography category two-lettered code and (_) underscore:

      • Plants and Flowers (PF_)

      • Landscape (LS_)

      • Wildlife (WL_)

      • People (PP_)

    • Your initials and (_) underscore:  (NOTE:  If you have no middle name, please use “X” as your middle initial.)

    • Sequential numbers 101, 102, 103, 104;

    • File format .jpeg or .jpg.

    • EXAMPLE: Ashley B. Carter’s four entries for the following categories would be named as follows:  

      • Wildlife (WL) - WL_ABC_101.jpg,

      • Landscape (LS) - SS_ABC_102.jpg,

      • People (PP)  - PP_ABC_103.jpg, PP_ABC_104.jpg.

  7. Participant must complete the following:  

    • Complete and submit the online entry form https://goo.gl/WcJr5M ;

    • Submit the required fee via our JustGive website  https://goo.gl/cIB1SW , select the respective fee (i.e. $10.00 or $25.00 USD) according to your submission, scroll down to Program Section, select “Photography Competition”, click Add to Basket, review fee selection, and proceed to checkout.  

    • Submit digital photographs that are suitable for printing for an exhibition. The preferred size is 11x14 @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe sRGB or Untagged color profiles.

    • Upload digital photograph(s) via https://www.wetransfer.com to kenaqgardens@gmail.com with the note stating “FKAG Photography Competition Submission”, in the message section.  (Note:  First time users must agree to the website terms prior transmittal.)   Submission must be received by 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2015 to kenaqgardens@gmail.com .


Participant  will be notified via email of receipt of his/her submission(s).




Entry fee is $10.00 per digital photograph or $25 for four (4) digital photographs.  Enter as many digital photographs as you choose.  There are no limits to the number of times you may enter the photography competition.  Entry fees must be paid by the competition deadline on Monday, August 31, 2015,11:59 pm EST to be eligible to win.  Digital photographs are not entered into the photography competition, eligible for prizes, or made viewable to judges until the photography competition fee is paid.  Entry fees are non-refundable.




As photography competition participant, you will retain all rights to any digital photograph(s) you submit -- including ownership if applicable.

When you submit digital photograph(s) to enter the Annual


Photography Competition, you grant Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photography Competition to:

  • Display the photograph on the Friends of Kenilworth of Aquatic Gardens website, http://www.friendsofkenilworthgardens.org;

  • Display the photograph on Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens social media platforms to include but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  and Pinterest.

If your digital photograph(s) is formally honored as a winner or an honorable mentioned, you grant Friends of Kenilworth of Aquatic Gardens a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the digital photograph(s) on the internet and social media in support of our mission.

  • Use the digital photograph in our  internal and external communications materials including but not limited to websites and web publications, fact sheets, fundraising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, and annual reports .

  • Provide your digital photograph to other individuals and organizations for use in print and digital media coverage, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, and the like.

  • Use, in connection with the photography competition, your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

  • Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photography Library and accessible to Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens staff via the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens internal online photography archive.  

  • Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens will credit all photographs with the byline of the photographer’s name.




By submitting an entry, I declare that I am authorized by the holder of the digital photographs’ copyright (or the right to copyright) to submit digital photograph(s) to the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) Annual Photography Competition.


I grant FKAG permission to use my submitted digital photograph(s) in its Photography Competition and promotional materials, and for educational, research, and historical record purposes concerning Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) Annual Photography Competition and Exhibition. This usage includes but is not limited to slides, video disc, DVDs, CDs, websites, social media, and any other type of mechanical, electronic, or digital dissemination system. In all cases, there is no transfer of copyright from the original copyright holder. By submitting digital photograph(s) for consideration, I declare that the digital photograph(s) was taken at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  


If the participant is under the age of 18, electronic authorization of parent/guardian is required.




  • The Photography Competition consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, an expert panel selected by Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG)  (the "Judges") will each review the entries and select a group of entries in each Photography Category to proceed to Round Two. In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select, from among the entries selected in Round One, the winners in each Category. Limit one prize per winner.

  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the nature and landscape of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.  Winners will be announced on our website and social media platforms and notified via email.

  • Decisions of FKAG and Judges are final and binding.

  • FKAG reserves the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by FKAG and Judges in their sole discretion.  Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.




Winners:  $100 Gift Card and Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photography Swag Bags


Honorable Mention:  Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Photography Swag Bags

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