Overwatering Is Out

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Details, Requirements, Prizes


There are two categories; Overwatering is Out reserves the right to recategorize entries. The categories are:

Most beautiful photo of a California Friendly landscape;

Most beautiful photo of a California Friendly plant.

All submissions will be displayed on the website and considered for the “People’s Choice” Award, which will be voted on by the public.


"Most beautiful photo of a California Friendly landscape" Award:

One 90 minute Landscape Consultation with Rob Moore at Cal Native Landscape Design, valued at $250. Rob’s specialty is the design of ecologically balanced gardens and landscapes using California native plants.

Plus, your photo will appear in the OC Register.

Photograph © Cardelucci


"Most beautiful photo of a California Friendly plant" Award:

“Never Ending Paradise” eco-friendly 30x40 signed print, featuring a wave breaking at sunset at the Wedge in Newport Beach valued at $750. It’s printed on bamboo matte paper and framed in a handmade and whitewashed bamboo-ply frame.

Plus, your photo will appear in the OC Register.



For any category:

"People’s Favorite" Award:

A $100 gift card to the Tree of Life nursery in San Juan Capistrano. Plus, your photo will appear in the OC Register.


The Plants, Camera, Action! Photo Contest begins Thursday, March 16, 2017 and the deadline for photo submissions is at 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The contest is open to residents of Orange County. OWIO will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion. Photographs must be original. Employees of Orange County public agencies are unable to win prizes but we welcome their photos.

Preparing your entry

All entries must be digital files and must be submitted online through the website starting on March 16 until May 16. Residents may submit only 1 file per category, up to 2 images total. Image files cannot exceed 5 MB. Allowed file formats: JPEG/JPG and PNG.

Free entry, information required

Entry is free. You will be required to provide your first name, email, and ZIP code. Submissions will be reviewed by OWIO prior to being posted on the website. Participants will receive an email notifying them of approval and posting of the photo.


Entries must be submitted online no later than May 16, 2017. Voting process ends on June 30, 2017. Winners will be announced July 6, 2017.


All entries will be prejudged by OWIO staff, and finalists will be chosen by:

1. Jane DeLorenzo, Community Champion from Lake Forest and Winner of 2016's Photo Contest

2. Jessica Cardelucci, Photographer

2. Rob Moore, Landscape Architect

Public Selection

Photos for "People’s Favorite" Award will be eligible for voting after they are approved. Voters will be required to submit their name, zip code and email address.
During the voting process, contestants can share their photo from OWIO’s website to get online votes. Participants are encouraged to share their photo(s) on social media using the hashtag #GnormanApproved with the link of their photo on the OWIO’s website. One vote per email address is allowed per day.

*We've kept an archive of our 2016 contest. You can check out last year's winner's list or browse through last year's beautiful photos to get some inspiration for your entry this year.


All winners will be notified via the email provided at the time of entry. Winners will be notified by July 6, 2017. OWIO may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five (5) business days. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Winners will receive their award no later than August 18, 2017. The “free landscaping consultation” award is available to redeem based on the landscaping professional’s availability.

Privacy Promise

We will not be sharing your information with third parties. Participants and voters of OWIO’s photo contest will be added to the OWIO eNewsletter email list and can unsubscribe at any time.

General Conditions

OWIO has the right to use and publish participant’s photographs and names online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Photo Contest or OWIO’s initiatives.

Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason.