Hello to the OSCOV Community,
We hope you are safe & healthy, and coping as well as possible in the unusual environment in which we all live.
Even though so much of life has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic – OSCOV continues to thrive and adapt.
An important development has been the implementation by our Judging Panel of new processes facilitating:
(a) the consideration of orchids for any OSCOV award; and
(b) the submission of entries into the 2020 Victorian Orchids of the Year (VOOTY) (which will be judged in February 2021).
The new award consideration process starts with the submission of specified photographs of the exhibit, and, where possible, a number of OSCOV Judges seeing the exhibit in person. If you would like to submit an orchid for award consideration – please contact Glenda Coutts (0448 913 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Bob Mason (0427 437 612 or email@example.com) or Alan Baker (0413 599 368 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and the process can be activated for you. Specific details on the process are included in paragraph 16 in Annexure A of the OSCOV Judging Handbook which can be found here: OSCOV – JudgingHandbook@10.5.20(final). We expect to revert to traditional judging processes as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.
The new VOOTY submission process also involves the submission of specified photographs of the exhibit with a completed Application Form. Specific details on the process are included in paragraph (i) on page 11 of the OSCOV Judging Handbook which can be found here: OSCOV – JudgingHandbook@10.5.20(final). The VOOTY Application Form, which includes details of where the Form & photographs need to be sent, can be found here: OSCOV – VOOTYApplicationForm@10.5.20. We expect to revert to the traditional VOOTY submission process as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Please keep your passion for orchids strong – OSCOV hopes that the initiatives described above will help you get the credit you deserve despite current difficulties!