How Does Your Town Measure Up Against America’s Prettiest?

America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces the winners of an exciting new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest.

Cities and towns across the United States wereevaluated on their overall beauty as demonstrated by a submitted portfolio of up to 18 photos. Entrants were invited to submit any photographs from their city.

Though not required, entrants were encouraged to take a page from America in Bloom’s long-standing National Awards Program and provide photography exemplifying:

  • Floral Displays
  • Landscaped Areas
  • Urban Forestry
  • Environmental Efforts
  • Heritage Preservation
  • Overall Impression

In its regular National Awards Program, which involves judges traveling to cities for an in-depth, on-site evaluation, each of these six criteria are evaluated based on evidence of municipal efforts, business and community group efforts, and residential efforts with part of each score relating to community involvement across these three constituent groups.

2014 Winners

    Cities were divided into three population groups:     

    • Small city population: Under 50,000

      Winner: Connie Manchester, Lewisburg, West Virginia


















    • Medium city population: 50,001 to 249,999  

      Winner: Shauna Jackson, Little Rock, Arkansas
















    • Large city population: Over 250,000

      Winner: Shuwen Wu, Boston, Massachusetts


















Judging & Awards

    A winner was announced for each population category. Judging was done by a group of anonymous judges, including at least one professional photographer and others involved with marketing communications, all of whom are familiar with America in Bloom.

    Judging criteria were based on the photographs in the portfolio within any one population category which best exhibit the America in Bloom criteria. The decisions of the judges is final. Winners were required to submit digital files of the photography in each winning portfolio.

    Three $1,500 prizes were awarded to the individual photographer or group entry, one for each population category. 

Check back soon for details on the 2015 Photo Contest.