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Crow Wing SWCD to host photo contest

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District invites photographers of all ages and abilities to submit their photos for the 2015 Native Plant and Tree Photo Contest.

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District invites photographers of all ages and abilities to submit their photos for the 2015 Native Plant and Tree Photo Contest.

"This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore, and learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd lakes area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from spring to fall," stated Beth Hippert, district technician, in a news release.

The top 12 entries will be featured in a monthly Facebook post and receive a gift certificate for a six-pack of wildflowers or grasses from the 2016 SWCD Tree and Plant Sale.

Guidelines:

• Entries must feature one of the eligible species of native plants listed below to be eligible.

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• Trademarks, commercial names or advertisements must not appear in the photos.

• Entries must be original work that is property of the person who submits the photo.

• One entry per species, limit of five entries per person.

• Entry will imply consent to use photos for SWCD promotional activities.

• Photos will be judged on shot composition, clarity, and the inclusion of stems, leaves and flowers.

• Extra points will be awarded for shots that include wildlife.

• Label each entry with photographer name, name of the plant and where the photo was taken.

• Submit photo by email in digital format, with a minimum size of 300 dpi or 6 megapixels. And a JPG format is preferred.

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• Email your photos to tasha.lauerCrow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel St., Suite 13, Brainerd, 56401.

• Deadline: Oct. 1.

• Wild Ones-Brainerd Chapter will judge photos according to the guidelines listed above.

Eligible plants and grasses:

anise hyssop, bigleaf aster, black-eyed Susan, blue flag iris, butterfly weed, cardinal flower, Columbine, eastern star/wood sedge, great blue lobelia, lady fern, little bluestem grass, lupine, meadow blazing star, narrow leaved milkweed, obedient plant, prairie dropseed grass, prairie smoke, stiff tickseed, swamp milkweed, woodland phlox, wooly sedge, yellow coneflower and zig zag goldenrod.

Eligible trees and shrubs:

paper birch, butternut, white cedar, sand cherry, black chokeberry, chokecherry, high bush cranberry, red osier dogwood, elderberry, false indigo, balsam fir, red maple, sugar maple, nannyberry, red oak, white oak, jack pine, red (norway) pine, white pine, wild plum, serviceberry, black spruce, white spruce, staghorn sumac and tamarack.

Related Topics: CROW WING SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
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