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Announcing the 40th Anniversary UC Master Gardener Photo Contest Winners!!

The UC Master Gardener Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 40th Anniversary UC Master Gardener Photo Contest.  Thank you for helping tell our story by submitting over 480 photos and to all the people who voted.

 People's Choice”  Winners
1st - “Lettuce Grow”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

2nd - “Early Head Start Students”, Marti Lindsey, Los Angeles County

3rd - “Stairway to a Heavenly Garden”, Leora Worthington, Monterey County


First, Second and Third place winners were notified by email and will receive prizes and be showcased on the statewide UC Master Gardener Program website, UC ANR Repository, UC Master Gardener social media channels, program marketing materials and the 2019 annual report. Winners will also be recognized by having their photo displayed in a gallery at the 2020 UC Master Gardener Program statewide conference. 


Thank You for your Support
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Photo Contest! The gallery of submitted photos represents what it means to be a UC Master Gardener. The photos will be used to communicate our impact, message and mission through the use of imagery. 

Together we are making a difference!


Honorable Mention
4th - “Kids+tools= Cool School Garden”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

5th - “Drip Irrigation or Dripping in Paint”, My Thanh Kim, San Diego County

6th - “Queen Bee surrounded by her Entourage at the Master Gardener booth, Amador County Fair”, Betty Olson-Jones, Amador County

7th “Master Gardener Butterfly Garden (Alice Keck Memorial Garden Santa Barbara)”, Karen Twibell, Santa Barbara County

8th - “MG Coordinator, Maggie O'Neill is also a cake decorator! Celebrating Volunteers”, Robin Rowe, San Bernardino County

9th - “Future UC Master Gardener!”, Lauren Snowden, Yuba-Sutter Counties

10th - “Working Together for better gardens”, Julie Enberg


Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:51 AM
  • Author: Donna Valadez
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden


Great photos!

Posted by Paula Pashby on August 11, 2019 at 4:22 PM

Ok I m on it for next year!

Posted by Melissa Guthrie-2017 on September 11, 2019 at 4:41 PM

How do I submit for next time? I’m not a photographer just a gardening nurse

Posted by Melissa Guthrie-2017 on September 15, 2019 at 1:28 PM

Can we see all the entries somewhere?

Posted by Coko Brown on December 8, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Thank you Paula!

Reply by Donna Navarro Valadez on December 9, 2019 at 9:46 AM

When we have the next photo contest there will be a web page you can upload your photos to. You don't need to be a photographer to submit a photo. Thank you!

Reply by Donna Navarro Valadez on December 9, 2019 at 9:48 AM


Reply by Donna Navarro Valadez on December 9, 2019 at 9:49 AM

I wonder if you might consider a MG photo data base. I am a MG in San Diego and am producing videos for the MG. It would be great to have license free photos that are UCCE approved to use that Mg's all over the state could utilize and contribute to. Maybe something like this already exists but I can find anything anywhere. thanks so much, Coko Brown

Posted by Coko Brown on December 9, 2019 at 10:48 AM

I’m maybe did not understand what photo content the judges want because I am spectacularly unimpressed. I really was hoping that the photos I submitted reflected our growing food in Tahoe community education(in a very unrecognized low income full time resident population). I have no issue with the rather run of the mill chosen top three photos but... it’s a photography contest and they, in my opinion, did not seem to show any particular photography skill or wow factor.

Posted by Melissa Guthrie on December 9, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Hi Coko! UC ANR has a photo repository that is available in your volunteer portal account: (Your login is the same as for your volunteer VMS profile.) We are also working on a photo library that has professional images that can be downloaded by anyone for use system-wide.

Reply by Melissa G. Womack on December 10, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Thank you Melissa, that is helpful. I look forward to photo library for my work as that will make my job much easier! Appreciate the work you do. Coko

Posted by Coko Brown on December 10, 2019 at 3:17 PM

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