General Rules and Guidelines

The AHS Awards and Honors Committee administers this program. The awards for the previous year are presented at the AHS National Convention.

Rules apply to all awards:

  • All entrants must be AHS members.
  • An entrant may submit up to five (5) digital images or videos in each award category, unless specifically noted otherwise. The entrant must clearly indicate the category for each entry.
  • Each entry may be submitted in only one category.
  • Only registered cultivars displaying complete details are allowed.
  • Cultivars displaying [details withheld until …] are not allowed.
  • No entrant may win the award in any given category more than three times within a five year period.
  • A panel of three to four judges evaluates all entries. Of these, at least two must be members of AHS. All judges shall have an extensive knowledge of photography or cinematography. Judges may not be entrants in the competitions.
  • The Visual Media Chair is authorized to resolve any ties, disputes or discrepancies that arise during the judging process.
  • No borders or texts should be used on images. When possible, remove any distracting items, such as metal plant tags, spent blooms, and dead plant leaves, before taking the photo.
  • No people should appear prominently in any photo. Any who do, should be insignificant to the landscape and not identifiable.
  • All digital images must be in .jpg format.
  • Suggested individual image size should be between 1 and 10 MB. Minor photo editing, such as cropping and minor color and exposure correction, is allowed.  Please use caution to avoid over manipulation and enhancement of images.
  • Each image should be labeled  following the example appropriate to the category:
    • SINGLE AND MULTIPLE BLOOM (Two separate categories and awards) – Follow the format used in the Online Daylily Database, found on the AHS web site Home Page. For example, ‘Green Inferno’ (Gossard, 2006) or ‘Webster’s Pink Wonder’ (Webster-Cobb, 2003).
    • LANDSCAPE – Identify the location, such as, The Garden of John Doe, (State Initials, such as NC). For example, The Lucius Garden (OH) or Slightly Different Nursery (NC). Daylilies should be “easily seen” or predominant in the photo for landscape.
    • ARTISTIC – A short description of the image, such as, ‘Daylily Name’ (Doe, 20–) with any object of interest. For example: ‘Orangutan’ (Reed, 1991) with fly.

The deadline for submission is November 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, and it is determined by the date and time on the online submission.

All entries are to be submitted using this online form.

The winning entrant may keep all awards.

General Rules and Guidelines