Buderim Garden Club

Buderim Garden Club

The results of the monthly photo competition were announced at the November AGM.

Photo show Co-ordinator Merryn Jooste and winner Elizabeth Hales.

Second prize: Noel Williams and Joy Fixter

Third prize: Patricia James, Steve Wikman, Chris Ryan, Sharon Bell and Joy Goulding.

Fourth prize: Anne Tucker and Carole Willis

Fifth prize: John Lyon


Co-ordinator Merryn Jooste went to a lot of trouble to present the entries on display partitions in the Buderim Memorial Hall foyer

August's topic is "Art in the garden"   No competition in September.

First Prize: Noel Williams

Second Prize: Patricia James

Third Prize: John Lyon

Many thanks to Paul Lucas for his helpful comments and judging of our competition.

There is no Photo competition in September, but the Festival competition is in October.

July Photo Competition: Topic " Garden Feature in a Queensland Garden" 

First Place : Joy Fixter

Co-ordinator Merryn Jooste gave her report to the meeting, saying that the judge congratulated members on their entries which showed a wide variety of garden features.
Photos were displayed in a power point presentation before the meeting, and also displayed on a noticeboard.

Second Place: Steve Wikman

Third Place: Noel Williams
Judge Paul Lucas supplied these comments of Winning and Highly Commended entries. There were 17 HC awards from 34 entries.

June Photo Competition: topic “ A Tree- exotic or native- evergreen or deciduous

There were 86 entries for this topic, with the judge again commending the standard of the entries and awarding 20 Highly Commended places.

First Prize: Chris Ryan

Second Prize: Elizabeth Hales

Third Prize: Patricia James

Many thanks to Merryn for presenting the best photos on the display board.

July's competition is " Garden Feature in a Queensland Garden" ( ponds/fountains, steps, pathways, arches sculptures etc).   Please email ( buderimphotos@gmail.com)

 August's topic is "Art in the garden"

May 2019 Photo Competition: Subject  "Visitors to the Garden"

Merryn Jooste is now the Co-Ordinator of the monthly Photo Competition and the Festival Photo competition. She's also volunteered to look after the White Board (for members to list plants and sundry items to swap), and also to go on the Management Committee. 

Merryn announced the place getters at the meeting, and the printed winners were displayed at the meeting.
All entries were of excellent standard.
Highly commended were Beryl Walsh, Eunice Worden, Joy Fixture x2, Dianne Boenkendorf, Michael Walshx2, John Sargaison, Patricia James, Ann Tucker and Monika Stinton.Well done everyone.

First Prize: Sharon Bell "Frogs in Pond"

Second Prize: Joy Fixter "Caterpillar"

Third Prize: Noel Williams "A Frog"

Results of April Photo Competition

April place getters in the Photo competition were:
Joy Goulding-first,        Ann Tucker-second and         Steve Wikman- third.

The highly commended were Beryl Walsh, Chris Ryan, Joy Fixture, Julie Bidwell, Karen O’Connor, Merryn Jooste, Michael Walsh, Patricia James, Rennay Little, Steve Wikman x2. 
There were 55 lovely photos entered from 23 competitors, and the judge was most impressed again and encouraged us to enter the GCA competition. Details are on the notice board. 
Click on this link to view the photos and the feedback.

Please email your entries  to buderimphotos@gmail.com
Elaine has now resigned from being co-ordinator of the photo competition, and we are very pleased that Merryn Jooste will be the new convenor.
Thank you Elaine, and welcome Merryn.

Results of March Photo Competition 2019

Co-Ordinator, Elaine Davidson reports:
The first month of the Photography Competition was a great success. Our Judge, Paul Lucas was impressed with the standard. 
Seventy two images were submitted for judging with many members receiving awards.

1st    Elizabeth Hales
2nd   Carole Willis
3rd    Elizabeth Hales

Highly Commended:  Nev Douglas   Jenni Campbell  Christine Rule  Rosemary Simmons (2)  Monika Stinton  Elaine Davidson  Jocelyn Pitt
Joy Fixter (3) Chris Ryan  Helen Wallace (2)  Tom Crerar

Please refer to the Photography Competition Conditions of Entry (below)  if you would like to enter the March competition. 
The category is "A Garden Scene (Public or Private QLD Garden)" and entries close early on 23rd March.  (Now extended to 30th March)
Send your entries to buderimphotos@gmail.com




The closing date for receipt of entries is the last day in each month (Feb 28th for March judging,  23rd March (early) for April judging, 
30th April for May etc.)

Paul Lucas has agreed to be the judge. He is a very well qualified  photographer, who is responsible for the beautiful Garden Clubs of Australian annual calendar.



MARCH      Close-up of flower/s, Foliage, Fungi

APRIL         Garden Scene (Public or Private Queensland Garden) Use Landscape orientation to take photo

MAY          Garden Visitors (Public/Private Garden) birds, bees, reptiles etc

JUNE          A tree (exotic/native, deciduous/evergreen)

JULY          Garden feature in a Queensland garden  (ponds/fountains, Steps, pathways, arches, sculptures)

AUGUST    Art in the Garden



  1. The entrant must be a financial member of The Buderim Garden Club
  2. Photos must be taken by the entrant and not previously submitted
  3. Cropping and colour contrast/enhancement  is permitted
  4. Use of image editing software is not permitted (eg. Lightroom, Photoshop, filters, special effects)
  5. Entry is  limited to 3 colour photographs in each category and submitted as digital files to buderimphotos@gmail.com  
       Please do not send your photos to a Committee Member or  another Garden Club email address
  6. In your email state your name & m/ship No. (found on the back of your  badge) the name of plant/fauna or place name of garden scene/feature



  1. Points will be awarded for 1st,(3)  2nd,(2) & 3rd (1)  in each category
  2. 1st & 2nd  Finalists for overall points scored will receive an award



  1.  Horticultural Value  50%
  2. Photographic Value 50% (Appearance & Impact)
  3. The Judge’s decision will be final




Committee member Elaine Davidson is the co-ordinator of this Photography Competition, and any enquiries should be directed to her via the  Email : buderimphotos@gmail.com

Festival Photo Competition 2018

Results of the 2018 General Meeting photo competition

First Prize: Joy Goulding

Second prize: John Sargaison

Third prize: Elizabeth Hales
Co-ordinator Elizabeth Hales was very pleased with the standard of entries in the large number (over 130) of entries.
The best ones were selected for the 2019 Calendar.

The Garden Club of Australia annually holds a photography competition, and in 2017 Helen Wallace and Elaine Davidson won Highly Commended prizes in this competition.  Well done!