Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
When I started as the editor of this magazine eight years ago this spring, the thing that excited me most is still my favorite part of the job: the pictures.
Back then the magazine’s photographs weren’t what they are today. A number of factors didn’t allow us to publish the variety of high-quality plant images that have become second nature for Wildflower readers. With the advent and expansion of the Native Plant Information Network photo gallery (which now includes 24,000 images at www.wildflower.org) and relationships made with native plant photographers across the country, making each page of Wildflower pop with a brilliant photograph is easier than before.
Not that it’s easy. As the staff botanists can tell you, I’m forever interrupting them to identify a plant in an image for which the only information I have is that it was taken somewhere in Connecticut or Washington or Florida. And I say something like, “But it’s a sunflower, right?” “No, Chris, it’s a balsamroot.” “Oh, it looks like a sunflower.” “No, Chris, it looks like a balsamroot.”
Still, here we go again because we just can’t get enough of those wildflower pictures – and we want you to help. This year marks our first-ever Wildflower magazine Photo Contest. Just in time for you to head out with your cameras for spring, we’ll take entries through June 1, 2010. Four categories will include Botanicals, Landscapes, Wildflowers with People and Professional. Four winners will be selected for each category, and winning images will be published online at www.wildflower.org and within the Winter 2010 issue of Wildflower. Check out www.wildflower.org/photocontest for full details and rules. And watch for information in future issues of Wildflower and on the website about your chance to vote for the winners.
We started a lot of traditions for the magazine eight years ago, and I hope for this to be no different. In Spring 2018, I hope to be writing you about the tiny wildflower photo contest we’d begun eight years earlier that is now among the largest nature photo contests out there.
— Christina Kosta Procopiou, Editor