2018 Photo Contest

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is continuing its sponsorship of its photo contest during 2018.

“We hope this competition will continue to appeal to all involved in producing crops for the benefit of the human family,” said IPNI President Dr. Terry Roberts.

Winners will be announced during the first quarter of 2019. Winners will be notified and results will be published in the first issue of Better Crops.

Photos and supporting information can be submitted until:
Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 11pm EST.

Our list of prizes is as follows:

  • US$150 First Prize Awards and US$100 Second Prize Awards within each of the four contest categories (4R Nutrient Stewardship, Primary Nutrients, Secondary Nutrients, and Micro Nutrients).
  • All first place winners will receive the most recent copy of our USB image collection. For details on the collection, please see http://ipni.info/nutrientimagecollection

Specific supporting information is required for all entries and may include the following:

4R Nutrient Stewardship Category

  • The entrant’s name, affiliation and contact information.
  • Photos will be judged on the best combination of photo & caption.

Nutrient Deficiency Categories

  • The entrant's name, affiliation and contact information.
  • The crop and growth stage, geographic location, and date of the photo.
  • Supporting and verification information related to plant tissue analysis, soil test, management factors and additional details that may be related to the deficiency.

Contest Rules

  • The 4R Nutrient Stewardship category is looking to collect images of best use of crop nutrients through in-the-field examples that demonstrate 4R Nutrient Stewardship.
  • The Crop Nutrient Deficiency categories are looking to collect verified deficiency symptoms in major crops for:
  • 1) primary mineral nutrients including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K);
  • 2) secondary mineral nutrients including sulfur (S), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg);
  • 3) micronutrients including boron (B), copper (Cu), chloride (Cl-), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni), and zinc (Zn)
  • Photo entries should be submitted with supporting information. Entries should be original photos by an individual, not retouched, and not copyrighted.

  • Entries must be received by the deadline to qualify. Winners will be announced in January. The winner in each of the four categories (4R Nutrient Stewardship, Primary, Secondary, Micro) will receive a cash prize of US$150 while second place receives US$100. There are no entry fees. Selection of winners will be determined by a committee of IPNI scientific staff.
  • Each entrant is allowed a maximum of one photo entries per category.
  • The only allowed digital format is: JPEG/JPG/PNG.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically - use the Submit Entry form.
  • IPNI reserves the right to post the images showing nutrient deficiencies, along with appropriate supporting information, on the organization's website at: www.ipni.net . IPNI also reserves the right to publish the winning photo and/or selected photos in Better Crops with Plant Food or other publications, with appropriate credit to the original source.

Note: The purpose of this contest is educational. It is not associated with any product or promotion.

More Information

    For questions or additional information, please contact: Gavin Sulewski

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