GardenFest Instagram Contest
Announcing the Winning GardenFest Photos!
Congratulations to this year’s GardenFest Instagram contest finalists! We loved pouring through the hundreds (….and hundreds) of entries you submitted and truly enjoyed reliving Dominion GardenFest of Lights through your photos. GardenFest visitors really know how to make some memories — just look at those smiling faces!
It looks like quite a few lovebirds got engaged at GardenFest this year — we had multiple proposal photos submitted. You captured some of our favorite sights — the winter sunset over the Conservatory, dogs+lights, = awww! Look closely for a few other surprise “visitors” too. We could have easily chosen 50 or 100 finalists. They were that good. For now, here are our top 16.
So, did any of those strike your fancy? Can you guess which one is this year’s Grand Prize Winner?
I don’t mean to give too many clues, but we do really love to share photos of people really enjoying the lights and the garden. If you guessed @fergusandhenri you are right! After we selected Fergus and Henri as our winner, we did a little research and found out that Fergus and Henri are actually Aaron and Lisa, a couple who blog about their adventures at FergusHenri.com. Aaron and Lisa won a prize package valued at over $300, including a Supernova family membership from our friends over at the Science Museum of Virginia.
Lisa says, “Ginter Botanical Gardens is magical any time of year, but especially at the holidays. We were so excited to bring our son Hunter and his girlfriend Sarah down to show them the lights. This photo is one of many we took of the two of them being ridiculously adorable in one of the coolest holiday spots in RVA! All of us had a great time and we’ll be back next year.”
We also have a sweet spot for the playful and young at heart, and couldn’t resist the cuteness of Lucas Hall’s (aka @lucasnhall) Pokemon Go and GardenFest mashup. (Side note: apparently we are not the only ones who think Pokemon Go and holiday events make a good match). Capturing those little Dratini on camera is MUCH harder than it looks.
Hall explains, “This was my, then almost 9-month-old, son’s first visit …. While my son was staring joyfully at the unicorn, my phone buzzed to let me know of a nearby Pokemon. I snapped this picture to capture the moment (and the Dratini). Stacie, Malcolm and I look forward to MANY more visits!”
Here are a few of our favorite video submissions too:
Thanks for entering our contest and for sharing your GardenFest photos everyone! We truly enjoyed seeing GardenFest: Living Color through your eyes. Look for three more Instagram contests this spring: #MillionBlooms, #Bflies. Also stay tuned for more information on our Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas contest too.