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Master Gardener Digital Image Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Have you always enjoyed taking photographs of your garden creations? Do you like to take pictures of your prized flowers, fruits or vegetables? If so, here is your chance to showcase your gardening talents through photography. Get your cameras clicking and enter the "Master Gardener Digital Image Contest" for the Illinois State Master Gardener Conference for 2007.

There are Four Categories of entries in the contest:

Plants: Images should include plants.

People: Images should include human subjects in a garden or natural setting. If the individuals are close enough to recognize, then a photo release form must be submitted with the entry and include the signature from the subject.

Wildlife: Images should include wildlife such as insects, mammals, reptiles, etc.

Before & After: Images should display a before shot and after shot of any garden or natural area.

Master Gardeners can submit one image per category and only one image per entrant will be selected to win.

All entries must be submitted electronically via e-mail to between May 23, 2007 and August 23, 2007.

Only one image per e-mail and the subject line must state "Master Gardener Digital Image Contest." Images must be submitted in jpeg format and should be 1200 x 800 pixels. No panoramic images. They should be in natural color.

Each image should be named as the Entrant's Name, Master Gardener County, and the Category of Entry.

Example: "John C. Photographer, Smith County, Plants."

Entries will be judged prior to the Illinois State Master Gardener Convention by a panel of three judges. The top entry in each category will receive $25.All entries will be displayed in a slide show at the Master Gardener Convention.

The top 12 entries will also be developed into a calendar. Complete details will followin the Illinois State Master Gardener Conference registration information.

And, would your county like to brag about what project/s you have been doing in 2006-07? Compile a 1-page display in Word Publisher, using digital photos and brief text. Details will be included with the State Master Gardener conference information. Think big! You can use this flier for your local PR, as well. (Chicago Master Gardeners with independent projects - collecting this type of data is something we will be working on during the month of June and July, eb)

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