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The Joshua Roth New Talent Bonsai Competition is an annual competition to recognize and promote new bonsai talent in North America. First prize is no more than $1,000 toward an exclusive course of instruction with an approved bonsai teacher. The first stage of the competition is a judging of photographs of previously designed trees by the entrant. The second stage will be the actual production of a bonsai during the GSBF/ABS Convention, Oct. 30, 2014 at the Double Tree Hotel Sacramento CA..  Joshua Roth and the American Bonsai Society are sponsoring this contest.

Eligibility requirements

Any person who lives in North America, including Puerto Rico, is eligible.  He or she must have been involved with the art of bonsai for fewer than ten (10) years.  Any past winner is ineligible to enter.  Participation in the second stage is limited to two (2) competitions for any individual.

First stage submissions                                                                                                         

Each contestant shall submit photographs of at least three bonsai that he or she has personally styled. More than one picture of each bonsai is preferred. The photographs do not have to be of publication quality; however, they should show the talent of the artist to the best advantage.
All of the photographs submitted can be emailed to the contest coordinator.  A brief description and history of each bonsai should also be enclosed. Be sure to sign the declaration form (see below) and send a snail mail or scanned copy to the coordinator as well. Mail all entries to:

David Hodgetts, Competition Coordinator
365 S. Main Ave.

Albany, NY 12209

 

First Stage Submissions must be received before September 1, 2014. Entries from artists whose photographs indicate the most promise will be selected to participate in the second stage of the competition. Contestants selected for Stage Two will be notified by September 30, 2014.

Stage Two

Each contestant selected for the second stage of the competition must come to the Bonsai Visions of the West at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento CA.  Each contestant must pay his or her own expenses to both register and attend the contest and seminar.

Each contestant shall:

1) Be provided with pre-bonsai material by the Competition.
2) Furnish his or her personal tools, wire, and turntable. Power tools are acceptable.
3) Be given an eight (8) hour time period in which to style the material into a finished bonsai. The competition will begin at 8 AM and will close at 5 PM, on Oct 30, 2014. There will be an optional one-hour lunch break.

Repotting of the finished bonsai will ­not be done during the competition.

Judging

Three professional bonsai artists (each with one vote) will judge the completed bonsai. In addition, all registrants at the "conference" will be able to vote for their personal choice. The "popular vote" is worth one vote. The artist whose bonsai receives the majority of the four votes (3 judges + popular) will be awarded the title of "Best New Bonsai Talent of 2014" at the Saturday evening Banquet.

Questions may be emailed to David Hodgetts at: djhodgetts@aol.com

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