Call for Entries Brochure

Entry details.


Share the beauty of your finest bonsai

It is with pride and great anticipation that Americans are submitting photos of their best bonsai for the selection process. Share the beauty of your finest bonsai with the world by displaying in the 5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition.

Like Japan’s Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, people from around the world attend the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions to appreciate and study the diversity of the unique and distinctive species displayed by accomplished bonsai artists from across the United States.

Submit your entry

Use the link to the left to download the Call for Entries brochure which provides submission details and event info.

If you have a bonsai you would like considered for the exhibition:

  • Mail a current photo of your bonsai to Wm. N. Valavanis, 1070 Martin Road l West Henrietta, NY 14586
  • or e-mail your photo
  • Deadline is June 1, 2016

Bonsai displayed in the 1st and 2nd U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions are eligible for display, however bonsai displayed in the 3rd and 4th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibitions may not be submitted.

An entry fee of $75 per bonsai or shohin bonsai composition will be due when your bonsai is accepted for the exhibition.

Limited assistance may be available for safely transporting your bonsai from distant areas to and from Rochester, New York. Please inquire.

Commemorative Exhibition Album

A beautiful full-color Commemorative Exhibition Album will permanently capture the artistic level of masterpiece bonsai on display in this national event. All accepted entries at the exhibition will be included in the publication.

Learn more about the Commemorative Exhibition Album.


Three distinguished and experienced international judges from outside the continental United States will carefully evaluate each bonsai to determine the award winning specimens.

Cash prizes will be presented for the finest bonsai at the Award Banquet & Benefit Auction on Saturday, September 11, 2016.

More about the awards.

Become a supporter

Sponsors and supporters from around the world are joining again in the process of staging the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. If you would like to support the growth, appreciation and improvement of the art, please consider a contribution to this worthwhile event and be part of creating the history of bonsai in the United States.

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