Thanks to support from the Organizational Arts Grant, this spring we will be hosting a photo contest where participants can enter photos in five categories including plants, wildlife, landscape, people in nature, and uncategorized. The submissions will be judged by a panel of local photographers and the winning photos in each category will be printed on weather resistant fabric, framed, and mounted to trees along an accessible path at the WVBG. Then, Garden visitors will use QR codes to vote for their favorite photo and the people’s choice winner will receive two tickets to the Burgers & Brews dinner in June of 2024. We will be accepting submissions from March 1st through April 15th and the photos will be on display for the month of May. We want to see your nature photos!

The Organizational Arts Grant program is made possible through a collaborative effort between Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) and the Arts Council of Greater Morgantown (formerly Arts Mon), with funding from the City of Morgantown, the Monongalia County Commission, and the Douglas H. Tanner Memorial Fund for the Arts.


People at the Garden
Wildlife at the Garden
Plants at the Garden
Landscapes at the Garden
Other (pets, abstract, art, etc.)


Entries must be the original work of the entrant and have been taken at the West Virginia Botanic Garden (WVBG). Submissions will not be accepted after 11:59 pm on April 15. Photos will be judged by an expert panel.

Entrants may submit up to one photo per category.  

During the period of display for the public exhibit, the public will be able to vote on their favorite.

Your Rights:

Your photographs help The WV Botanic Garden to foster learning, inspiration, and well-being through the beauty and wonder of plants, the natural environment, and culturally enriching experiences. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit—including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to the Photo Contest, you grant WVBG a royalty-free, non-exclusive right in perpetuity to:


  • Display the photograph on the Photo Contest submission websites
  • Allow third parties to share the photograph on social media.
  • Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
  • Use the photograph in WVBG’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, annual report and newsletter.
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