VALPARAISO — It is time to get your photographs ready for the 2018 PCMGA Gardening Show photography contest. Entries will be displayed at the 15th annual gardening show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road. Photographs may be mailed to Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Suite 301, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Indiana, 46383, or delivered on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All entries must be received on or before Jan. 19. Limit of three per person.
Categories include: gardens in all seasons; flowers alone; plants in black and white; foliage; field of flowers; bugs and insects in the garden; butterflies in the garden; birds in the garden; wildlife in the garden; fungus in the garden; fruits and vegetables in the garden and repurposed garden art.
Photographs will be judged on composition, use of color and aesthetic value. First place in each category receives a $10 prize. Best of Show receives a $100 gift card donated by Gary Camera, of Merrillville, and custom framing of their winning photo by The Great Frame Up, of Valparaiso. All first place and best of show photos will be displayed during the month of February at The Great Frame Up in Valparaiso. Decisions of the judges are final. Name, address, telephone number and entry category must be printed legibly on the back of each photograph submitted.