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First Signs of Spring Photo Contest


Starting March 27th, Get Ready to VOTE for a Winner!

See the finalists and vote!


Join Fine Gardening and Monrovia in celebrating spring with our First Signs of Spring photo contest. We are entering Phase 2 of our First Signs of Spring Photo Contest. Last month, hundreds of amazing photographers sent in their beautiful photos displaying the first signs of spring in their garden. Now, we all get to decide on a winner!


What does spring mean to you?

Our editors recently combed through the submissions and picked 10 finalists. Starting March 27th, you’ll be able to click the link to look through those pictures and choose your favorite. Consider the following when voting – why does this photo say “spring” to you? What makes you excited for spring?


What does the winner get?

Choose carefully because the winner of the photo contest will receive a $500 gift certificate to Shop.Monrovia.com, and have their photo featured in Fine Gardening magazine. See official contest rules and vote below.


Missed the Entry Period? Don’t worry!

Are you a budding photographer? If you missed the entry period for the First Signs of Spring Photo Contest, you can still submit your photos for a chance to have your garden featured on FineGardening.com. Everyday we post photos from a garden around the world in our Garden Photo of the Day Blog. You can see more about submitting your photos to our blog for a chance to be featured by clicking here.


See the finalists and vote!


First Signs of Spring Photo Contest

Phase 1: Participants entered to win!

From March 1 to March 22, photographers submitted up to five (5) photos to the contest displaying their favorite first signs of spring. Photos did not need to have been taken this year, but should not have been entered into a photo contest previously.


Phase 2: Now we vote on your favorites!

On March 27, our editors will post ten (10) photo semifinalists from the submissions, and YOU will pick the winner. Get your friends and family involved. Participants can vote up to 1x/day until April 22. Winner will be announced after voting has concluded. See official rules below.


Make someone’s garden dreams come true!

Winner receives a $500 gift card to shop at Shop.Monrovia.com!

Plus, they will be featured in Fine Gardening magazine’s

September/October issue!

See the finalists and vote!


2019 Monrovia’s First Signs of Spring Photo Contest Official Rules AND REGULATIONS

















HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the 2019 Monrovia First Signs of Spring Photo Contest (the “Contest”), go to https://www.finegardening.com/firstsignsofspringcontest and submit up to five (5) photos featuring your favorite signs of spring that make you excited to start gardening!  The photographs must be original and taken by you.  No stock photos or photos taken by another person will be accepted. Winner will be asked to sign an Affidavit affirming that no other person has copyright or ownership rights to the photographs submitted.

Photos will be accepted for the Contest from 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, March 1, 2019 until 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22, 2019 (“Contest Entry Period”). All photos must be received during the Contest Entry Period. The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States, including its territories and the District of Columbia, and Canada (except Quebec) who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, and who are not employees, officers, or contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsor, Administrator, or any of their affiliated companies or subsidiaries (“Entrants”).

The editorial staff of Fine Gardening Magazine will choose the “Top Ten Semi-Finalist” photos, which will be posted at https://www.finegardening.com/firstsignsofspringcontest. The public may then vote on the photos from 8:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 until 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, April 22, 2019.  To vote, go to the same website and vote for your favorite photo. The person who submitted the photo with the most votes will be chosen the winner.

WINNING: On or about May 1, 2019, the person who submitted the photograph with the most votes will be announced the winner. The winner will be notified by email initially, and then by mail within ten (10) days of the winner’s selection. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible photos received.

PRIZE/VALUE:  One (1) Monrovia Gift Card valued at $500.00


SPONSOR:  Monrovia Nursery Company, d/b/a Monrovia®

ADMINISTRATOR: The Taunton Press, Inc., 63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-5506 USA, publisher of Fine Gardening® Magazine and www.finegardening.com.

CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE: The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility – Liability/Publicity Release within ten (10) days of notification or the prize may be forfeited. The winner will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign a Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash. No substitutions will be allowed for the prize awarded except by the Administrator, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted.

TERMS/CONDITIONS:  By entering this Contest, you agree to adhere to the terms, policies and guidelines described in these Official Rules and Regulations (“Official Rules”).

Administrator is not responsible for photos not received due to unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. Administrator assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected photos or for any failure of the website during the Contest Entry Period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Administrator due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an Entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the Contest. Administrator reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of Administrator corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest.  Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Administrator reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

Personal information collected through this Contest is subject to the Privacy Policy of The Taunton Press, Inc., which is located at http://www.taunton.com/thetauntonpress/privacy.asp.

RELEASE: By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor, Administrator, and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims made by the winner, Entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Contest as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest.

TAXES:  Any federal, state, and/or local tax liabilities resulting from winning the Contest prize, including but not limited to luxury, sales, and income, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

IDENTITY OF WINNER:  Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by May 30, 2019 to:  Fine Gardening – 2019 Monrovia First Signs of Spring Photo Contest Winner Identity, 63 South Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470 USA.