Nov 3rd, 2016

Instagram Contest Winners


Finalists for our People’s Choice pick in the #Bflies Instagram Contest including (from top to bottom, left to right): @whilewondering, @mason1746 Nina Leary (via email), Tim Maupin (via email), David Hartley (via email), @pokaqueenofrandom, @astultz22, @am_green_gobbler_ma, @patrice.95, @heyohbunkbunk, @midlorunner, @justmeomaya, @whilewandering Robert Lescher (via email), Tim Maupin (via email) and @tisha_lyn.

Each year, it becomes more and more difficult to choose our Bflies Instagram winner. Is it possible that you guys get better and better each year? Indeed,  I think it is.  Of all our Instagram contests, our #Bflies Instagram contest always has the most entries and interest. I don’t know if it’s the great prize package that goes to our Grand Prize winner (valued at over $800,) or the fact that it runs for nearly six months, but you all outdid yourself with the beautiful photos you posted! I couldn’t keep track of the exact number of submissions, but its easily in the thousands.

First up, the People’s Choice Award: We asked our Facebook fans to vote on their favorite image from the collage above.  The winner, Tabita Johansson, aka @pokaqueenofrandom gets a Richmond Region Tourism attractions pass and five tickets to the Garden. Johansson is actually living in Sweden now, so she plans to give the passes to her stateside friends.  The competition was very tight, with several photos getting a considerable number of votes. Do you sense a theme here? Can there be too many good photos?

@pokaqueenofrandom image and People's Choice Winner for the Butterflies LIVE! Instagram contest.

People’s Choice Winner @pokaqueenofrandom

Second up: Our Butterflies Choice award goes to an image that helps raise awareness about the importance of butterflies and other pollinators.

Finalists for our Butterfly's Choice pick in the #Bflies Instagram Contest

Finalists for our Butterfly’s Choice pick in the #Bflies Instagram Contest including (from top to bottom, left to right): @iamcoreydelaney, @dusteaparks, @gintergram, @repage3, @patrice.95 Sandy Spicknall (via email), @veneswede, @modmom Sarah Holler (via email), Sandy Spicknall (via email), @dusteaparks H. Hoen (via email), @matt.rise, @rivergirlbanna and @chamberlaiah liltink (via email).

We let the Butterflies LIVE! butterfly curators choose the winner for this one.  They loved the image of a little boy studying an owl butterfly (top row, third image from left). Our winner, Jason Langberg, aka @GinterGram  on Instagram, wins a Richmond Region Tourism attractions pass and five tickets to come back to enjoy the Garden. We promise we weren’t biased by his Instagram profile: “My family loves Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens! I post photos of our visits here. For more information about the Gardens, visit”

Boy looking at giant owl butterfly through magnifying glass.

Boy looking at giant owl butterfly through magnifying glass at Butterflies LIVE! This was the Butterflies Choice winner photo taken by GinterGram.

Lastly, our Grand Prize winner. As I mentioned, the prize package was valued at over $800, including:

Congratulations to Grand Prize winner Holland Beiler aka @hootinholl  from Virginia Beach. “My boyfriend, Joe Hebler, was the master behind the shot,” she says. You can follow him at @joeyheb on Instagram. It was Hebler and Beiler’s first trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  As you can see there’s a bit of serendipity in the shot. Butterfly whisperer? Butterfly mustache? What do you think?

Bflies Instagram Contest Winner @hootinholl

Bflies Instagram contest Grand Prize winner

Video Submissions

Also of note, for the first time since we’ve held our popular Instagram contest we have several strong video submissions.  The slow-motion video technology that you can find on most smart phones these days really has a knack for capturing the beauty of a flying butterfly in a a way not commonly viewed. Here are a few of our favorites:

karen.charney on Instagram

@lewisginter #Bflies #slomobutterflies Loved the Butterflies LIVE exhibit!

A video posted by Karen (@karen.charney) on

ask.cory on Instagram

Jonah Holland is PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, specializing in social media. She's been known to go for a walk, and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure.

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