Judges vs People 2020

The Judges Vote | The Popular Vote

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. There are three sections in which members can enter the competition which include:

Novice | Intermediate | Open

  • SSOS allows its members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees!

2020 Results are:

Please Note: Due to continuing restrictions on Club Meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, SSOS has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members. Each member is eligible to submit a currently-flowering plant for the specified time period and members can vote for the flowering orchid they like; similar to the in-house popular vote contest, but does not include the formal official Judges vote.


Once again competition was tight for our November virtual voting competition. Out of the many entries, our members liked 26 plants, with clear favourites chosen in Novice and Open classes. However, it was not so clear in Intermediate section creating a three-way tie amongst members choices.

Novice: Cymbidium Brown-Eyed Girl [Grower: M Fraraccio]
Open: Dendrobium densiflorum [Grower: E Kelly]
Intermediate: Sarcochilus Roberta x Snow Hart [Grower M Caruana], Cymbidium Mary Green ‘Little Annie’ [Grower: J Summers], and Sarcochilus Gabrielle ‘Purple Spots’ [Grower: S Craven]


Based on the success and membership enjoyment for judging the best looking orchid in the three Club Division in our last competition, SSOS Committee decided that from October onwards, all members will be given the opportunity to place three votes each month, i.e. one in each division, Novice, Intermediate and Open to elect their favourite plant. Here are the winners:

Novice: Sarcochilus falcatus – J Derham
Intermediate: Cym Mary Green ‘Fruitful’ – M Caruana
Open: Cym Mary Green ‘Houston Street’ – H Formica


September was our first inaugural Virtual Spring Show. Apart from the official judging of exhibits conducted by OSCOV judges, SSOS members voted for their three favourite flowering orchids in the three Club division: Novice, Intermediate and Open. All winners received a First Prize sash. The winners were:

Novice: Cym Plush Red Canyon ‘Red Eye’ – M Fraraccio
Intermediate: Cym Kiwi Midnight ‘Geyserland’ – S Nash
Open: Dendrobium linguiforme – C Trainor



The winner of our August 2020 Members Virtual Voting competition was Oncostele Midnight Miracles ‘Massai Red’ [Growers: C&G Trainor]


The winner of our July 2020 Members Virtual Voting competition was Fredclarkeara ‘After Dark’ | [Growers: M&S Early]


June Virtual Voting Competition winner – Oncidium sotoanum | [Grower: E&T Stiles]


The image below, is the winner of the inaugural Virtual Voting Competition.

Miltonia Tropic Skies Mauve [Grower: H Formica]


(No meeting due to social distancing restrictions during Covid-19 advice).


Cattleya and Laelia’s were a colourful feature at the March meeting. The Judges Vote went to Cattleya loddigesii but the members preferred the smaller and daintier SLC Jewellers Art x SLC Mini Purple).


Our February meeting is the first meeting for 2020. There was a delightful and varied range of flowering orchids on display but the Vanda’s made the greatest impression. The Judges voted for Vanda Somsri ‘Thai Spot’ [left] but the members chose Vanda Mahakkaphongs [right] as their favourite.

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