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New Zealanders invited to exhibit at next year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show

All New Zealanders are being invited to exhibit at next year’s Ellerslie International Flower Show.The Great Ellerslie Photo Competition is a chance for everyone to capture on film their favourite garden scene – whether their own garden or a borrowed landscape – and have their work displayed at Ellerslie.

“New Zealand is a nation of garden lovers and many of us are frequently out at the weekend snapping away capturing both the environment in which we live and that which is at our back door,” says Ellerslie International Flower Show managing-director Dave Mee.

“The Great Ellerslie Photo Competition is a great way for the Show to celebrate gardening, garden design and the environment through another creative art form.”

The best entries in The Great Ellerslie Photo Competition will be displayed at the five-day show in North Hagley Park from 11 to 15 March, being viewed by thousands of national and international visitors.

Judged in four categories – Macro Shot, New Zealand Landscape, Your Favourite Garden Scene and Child photographers 12 Years and Under – the competition is a popular feature of the Show. The competition is open to amateur photographers only.

Ellerslie Exhibition Manager Kate Hillier says she was “absolutely amazed” at the quality of last year’s entries.

“We have some extremely talented amateur photographers throughout New Zealand. The photo competition highlights our love as a country for gardening and our landscape.

“Many of the photos show home gardens which rate up there with the award-winning exhibition gardens at the Show and provide visitors with an equal amount of inspiration for their own property.

“As for the New Zealand landscape, it is unequalled anywhere else in the world and this is reflected in the entries in the New Zealand Landscape category.”

Ms Hillier says she is excited about the potential of this year’s competition with a new city, a new venue and a new show.

Entries for The Great Ellerslie Photo Competition close on 28 February.
Details of the competition are on the website www.ellerslieflowershow.co.nz

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