Call to photographers issued for 2019 Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens Photo Calendar Contest

  • Courtesy photo Last year’s grand prize winner was Jared Goodwin, who is a senior at Hilo High School this year. His work recently was featured in National Geographic.

Photographers are invited to enter their images in the third annual Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens Photo Calendar Contest that will celebrate the centennial of Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Crown Jewel of The Crescent City.”


Lili‘uokalani Gardens is composed of four parks: the original Japanese-style landscape bounded by Banyan Drive and Lihiwai Street, and Moku Ola (Coconut Island), Rakuen and Isles. When the garden around Waihonu was built, Hilo was known as The Crescent City.

Selected photographs of the gardens will be featured in the third annual Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens calendar. Proceeds from calendar sales help fund the work of Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens to improve and beautify the park.

There is no entry fee for this contest.

The photographer whose image is chosen for the calendar cover will receive a free flight on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber, award-winning volcano photographers.

New work is encouraged. Images accepted in previous years are not eligible. Photographers retain all rights to their images.


Questions about the contest can be emailed to contest chairman Vijay Karai at

The winning entries will be selected by professional photographer Mary Goodrich of Volcano. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Her photographic experience ranges from multiple projection slideshows, black and white darkroom printing and hand-painted silver prints, Polaroid transfer, digital photography and Photoshop. She currently is exploring iPhoneography.

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