Kenilworth Aquatic Garden's Annual Photography Competition  - 2017

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is an urban oasis filled with artistic inspiration.  Located within the nation’s capital, it is the only national park devoted to cultivating water-loving plants.  

The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions to its annual photography competition.  The competition will offer all photographers the chance to experience, explore and capture the many hidden gems in and around the gardens.  Judges: Jacquelyn Martin, Photojournalist, A.P.; Molly Roberts, Photo Editor, National Geographic; and Daniel McNeill, 2016 Best in Show Winner.



 The competition is open to all photographers, ages 8 and over, who have photographed plants, wildlife and landscape at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens located in northeast Washington, D.C.  Employees of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, board members of FKAG, and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees and board members are not eligible to enter this competition. Previous “Best in Show” winners must wait one year before participating in this competition.


  • Abstracts of Nature (AN) - This category may include micro-photography, angles, patterns, motion or perspectives, and may be created by using scientific imaging tools.  However, the artistic effects should not be the result of digital manipulations.
  • Landscape (LS)
  • Lotus (LT)
  • People (PP) - This category may require signed model releases by people visible in the digital photograph.
  • Plants and Flowers (PF)
  • Wildlife (WL)


The digital photographs selected by the three independent jurors will be printed, framed and displayed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on National Public Lands Day, September 30, 2017.  This year’s competition sponsor is Nations Photo Lab.


Each participant may enter up to four (4) digital photographs per category for consideration.  Digital photographs previously submitted to the FKAG Annual 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 FKAG 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 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 a public display.  The preferred size is 11x14 @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe sRGB or Untagged color profiles.

4.  Acceptable digital photograph files are color or black and white, saved as .jpeg or .jpg format.

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

6.  The digital photographs should be named in the following manner.

  • Photography category two-lettered code and (_) underscore.
    • Abstracts of Nature (AN_)
    • Landscape (LS_)
    • Lotus Flower (LT)
    • People (PP_)
    • Plants and Flowers (PF_)
    • Wildlife (WL_)
  • Photographer’s initials and (_) underscore: (NOTE: If you do not have a middle name, please use “X” as your middle initial.)
  • Sequential numbers: 101, 102, 103, 104, etc.
  • File format .jpeg or .jpg.

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

  • Wildlife: WL_ABC_101.jpg
  • Landscape: LS_ABC_102.jpg
  • People: PP_ABC_103.jpg, PP_ABC_104.jpg

7.  The participant must complete the following steps.

  • Submit the required fee via FKAG’s JustGive website. Select the fee that matches your submission (i.e., $10.00 or $25.00).  Scroll down to “Program Section”, select “other” and enter “Photography Competition”.  Click “add to basket”, review fee selection and proceed to checkout.  
  • Upload the digital photographs via the We Transfer website ( to  Include a note in the message section that states: “FKAG Annual Photography Competition Submission”.  (Note: First-time users must agree to the website terms of use prior to transmittal.)  Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 31, 2017, at  The participant will be notified via email of receipt of his/her submission.


The entry fee is $10.00 per digital photograph or $25.00 for four (4) digital photographs.  Enter as many digital photographs as you choose. There is no limit to the number of times you may enter the photography competition.  Entry fees must be paid by the submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday July 31, 2017, to be eligible to win.  Digital photographs are not officially entered into the photography competition, eligible for prizes or made viewable to judges until the photography competition fees are paid.  Entry fees are non-refundable.


As a photography competition participant, you will retain all rights to any digital photographs you submit, including ownership if applicable.

When you submit digital photographs to enter the FKAG Annual Photography Competition, you grant FKAG a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photography Competition to:

  • Display the photographs on the FKAG website:
  • Display the photograph on FKAG social media platforms, including 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 is selected as a winner or an honorable mention, you grant FKAG a royalty-free, nonexclusive right in perpetuity to:

  • Use the digital photograph on the Internet and social media in support of its mission.
  • Use the digital photograph in its internal and external communications materials, including but not limited to: websites and web publications, fact sheets, fundraising publications, advertising, multimedia materials, presentations, membership services, and annual reports.
  • Provide the 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 the photograph, which will be archived in the FKAG Annual Photography Library and accessible to FKAG staff via the FKAG internal online photography archive.

FKAG will credit all photographs with the byline of the photographer’s name, when possible.



By submitting an entry, I declare that I am authorized as the holder of the digital photographs or photographs’ copyright (or the right to copyright) to submit said digital photographs to the FKAG Annual Photography Competition.

I grant FKAG permission to use my submitted digital photographs in its Annual Photography Competition and promotional materials, and for educational, research and historical record purposes.  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 photographs for consideration, I declare that the digital photographs were taken at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

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



The FKAG Annual Photography Competition consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation.  In Round One, each member of an expert panel selected by FKAG (the "Judges") will individually review the entries and choose a group of entries in each Photography Category to proceed to Round Two.  In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select from the entries chosen in Round One the winners for each Photography Category.  Best in Show will be selected from all entries.  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 the FKAG website and social media platforms, and notified via email.  Decisions of FKAG and the Judges are final and binding.  FKAG reserves the right not to award all prizes in the event that an insufficient number of eligible entries that meet the minimum judging criteria is received, as determined by FKAG and the Judges at their sole discretion.  Please do not contact FKAG about the status of entries or judging.


Best in Show Winner: $100 Gift Card and FKAG Photography Gift Bag.

Honorable Mention: FKAG Photography Gift Bags.

SPONSOR:  Nations Photo Lab

Questions related to the contest should be directed to Ms. Danita Delaney at

* if the same photographer wins both Best in Show and Landscape; wins two or more of the individual Photography Categories; is selected for honorable mention in more than one category; or is selected as honorable mention in one category and winner in another, he/she will receive only one prize.)



Park Projects


A year-round exploration of nature at KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS for the students and families of Kenilworth-Parkside, Washington DC

This year three partners – Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, and the National Park Service – hosted over 85 pre-kindergarten - 5th graders from Neval Thomas Elementary School and the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of DC in NatureFest for the District schools’ spring break.  Students (and families) explored the park through 8 education stations each of five days, using a culturally-specific, creative, tested curriculum designed. The week’s leaders and teachers, overwhelmingly African American, offered the students the opportunity to experience the Park and nature through familiar eyes.  NatureFest fostered local watershed awareness, importance of green space, the value of wetlands, the habits of plants and animals, and the power of personal choices.  Local high school students served as junior counselors whom we trained to help lead learning stations or student teams. Several neighborhood parents and local teachers also led the student teams through the learning programs. 


Kenilworth Spring Break NatureFest celebrated nature at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Students and parents spent their spring break investigating plants, animals, water and the natural environments in their community, and the art of nature.  We provided training for all our volunteers, teachers and teens. Based upon the success of NatureFest, the partners are now planning a year-round schedule of NatureFest offerings and trainings, focused on families, classes and teachers, and teens.


Kenilworth Spring Break NatureFest offers local children a safe, fun and educational place to be while their school is on break and their parents are at work. This event fosters local environmental awareness, the importance of green spaces, the role of the park within the Kenilworth community, and the power of personal choices.  No other spring break programming within the community was available to neighborhood families.