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The Centenary Bonsai Prize 2023

The Centenary Bonsai Prize from the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA) celebrates the centenary of Canberra as the nation’s capital (2013) and each decade after that until the bicentennial in 2113.

The NBPCA invites bonsai artists working in Australia to submit photographs of their bonsai for the Centenary Bonsai Prize. Entry to this competition is free of charge.

The winner will receive:

  • a cheque for $6000,
  • a plaque, which they can keep for one year before returning it to the Collection, and
  • a framed certificate of the award to keep.

The Centenary Prize is an acquisition prize and the winning tree becomes part of the National Bonsai & Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA).

Important dates

  • Call for entries opens on 1st January 2023
  • Entries close on 1st April 2023.

How to enter

  • Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form. Download the entry form here (WORD 483KB).
  • An artist may submit more than one entry, however, each entry must be submitted separately with its own entry form, either by separate email, or separate envelope if posting.
  • Entries are to be submitted in photographic form. Four images are required: front, back, and both left and right sides of the tree, in JPEG format, sized between 1 and 2MB. Trees should be photographed against a plain background. Photos are to be emailed to the Curator, Leigh Taafe at: leigh.taafe@act.gov.au between the call for entries on 1st January 2023 and the closing date on 1st April 2023.
  • Each image must be labelled to show which view it is, whether front, back, left side or right side. The owner’s name and tree name must accompany each image. If one person submits more than one tree of the same species, then the image labels must include a sequence number, for example:
    • J Smith. Eucalyptus nicholii 1 front.jpg
    • J Smith. Eucalyptus nicholii 2 front.jpg
  • Alternatively, good-quality printed photos can be posted to “The Curator - NBPCA, National Arboretum Canberra, GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601” to arrive after the entries open on 1st January 2023 and before the closing date 1st April 2023. Trees should be photographed against a plain background. Print photo entries must be a minimum 20 cms x 25 cms (8" x 10") in size and full colour.
  • In case we receive a high volume of entries, please supply a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like the printed photos to be returned.

NOTE:

  • As your trees are being assessed from photographs, please ensure your photos are of the highest quality possible to give your bonsai the best chance of winning. Remember, digital photos must be between 1-2 MB in size and printed photos must be a minimum 20 cms x 25 cms (8" x 10") in size.
  • For tips on photographing bonsai, see “Old Mister Crow's Guide to Photographing Bonsai and Kusamono” by Carl T. Bergstrom at: http://octavia.zoology.washington.edu/bonsai/photography/CrowsGuide.html

Judging

The Centenary Bonsai Prize will be judges by one international bonsai artist, and two Australian bonsai artists.

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