Guidelines and Rules.
The National Show will promote the art of Bonsai by bringing together the best bonsai in New Zealand.
The National Show will, where possible, be held in conjunction with a convention and will alternate between the North and South Islands.
The host of the convention in accepting the National Show must agree to the rules set down by NZBA
Entries are to be submitted on the designated form together with a digital photograph of the bonsai. Photographs must be taken on a plain background and be a minimum of 800×600 pixels. The photograph should only show the tree and pot.
Selection for the National Show is to be undertaken by a Judging Panel nominated by the NZBA committee.
There is no limit on the number of bonsai, including Shohin, which any one entrant can submit for selection.
A maximum of three bonsai will be accepted per entrant for the Show, including native trees. (Note a group planting or shohin display is counted as one entry).
Bonsai submitted for the National Show must have been owned by the person submitting for a minimum of two years at the time of the show.
Tables, stands and accessories
All bonsai need to be shown with stands and associated accent plants, figurines or stones. It is the responsibility of the owner or his/her nominated representative to set up and look after their bonsai.
Shohin will be the only separate class of bonsai.
Shohin should normally be a maximum of 20 cm in height measured from the rim of the pot.
Bonsai that are slightly taller should be of equivalent visual weight to the 20 cm tall Bonsai.
Displays should consist of a set of a minimum of three Bonsai.
The Display is not limited to Bonsai on a Single Shohin Stand however the set of Shohin should be displayed in a way that makes it clear that they are a set.
Once an entry has been selected substitution of an alternative tree is not permitted. The Judging Panel may at its discretion approve a fourth tree from an applicant but only three will be permitted to be displayed. The applicant must designate at least one month in advance of the National Show which three trees are to be entered. The exception to this rule is for Shohin where one tree in the group may be substituted with notification of this at least one month in advance of the National Show.
The Master Demonstrator at the convention will judge the National Show. There may additional judges for other awards, such as from BCI or WBFF.
For the Native Tree Award (Keith Lowe Trophy), where the Judge is from overseas and may not be familiar with New Zealand natives, Keith Lowe will be invited to assist the Master Demonstrator. In the absence of Keith Lowe the NZBA may nominate a New Zealand demonstrator.
The best bonsai overall in the show will be awarded the Colin Churchill trophy.
The best native tree (including native planting) will be awarded the Keith Lowe trophy.
The best tree and pot combination will be awarded the Alan Van trophy.
The best Shohin display will be awarded the Shohin trophy.
In addition to the above up to six merit awards may be granted if the judge feels that these trees reach the required standard.
All entries, including those in the Shohin class, are eligible for all awards except for the Keith Lowe trophy which is for a New Zealand native bonsai and the Shohin trophy which is restricted to Shohin displays.
The recipient of the trophy is responsible for engraving their name and date on the plaque and for delivering the trophy to the next convention for the Awards Ceremony.
NZBA will promote the event in Bonsai Times, the NZBA website and other appropriate publications.
Entrants must be either a member of NZBA or of an associated club.
Online application forms will be available via the NZBA or Convention website.
The closing date for entries will be advertised and no late entries can be accepted. Photographs of the Award winning and merit trees will be displayed on the NZBA website.
Bonsai which have won any of the named awards may not be re-entered in the competition for a minimum of three years.
National Show space allocation
The host is responsible for providing suitable facilities for the Show such as allocation of space, tables, draping and backing boards to ensure that the trees are displayed to their best advantage. The number of trees for the National Show will be advised by NZBA as soon as this is determined. It should be anticipated that the likely number of trees that are accepted for the National Show will be similar to that in previous shows.
Closing date for entries for the 2019 National Show is 30th Jun 2019