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Master Gardener Photo Contest

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Now is the time to start snapping pictures for the Illinois State Master Gardener Conference for 2008. From flowers to vegetables, from deer to wasps, Master Gardener projects and great garden spots in Illinois, find the category that best fits your image and submit it today!

There are four Categories of entries in the contest:

Plants: Images should include plants.

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

Master Gardeners at work: Images should include Master Gardener(s) or a product of their work.

Illinois Public Gardens: Images should display a shot of any Illinois public garden or natural area.

Master Gardeners can submit one image per category. Only one image per entrant will be selected to win. Only amateur photographers are allowed to enter. The original photographer must submit the entry. No panoramic images allowed. Images should be in their natural color. If individuals are close enough to recognize in a photo, then a photo release form must be submitted with the entry and include the signature from the subject.

All entries must be submitted electronically via e-mail to before August 21, 2008. Images must be submitted as an email attachment in jpeg format. The name of the photo must include, the Entrant's Name, Master Gardener County, and the Category of Entry (Plants, Wildlife, MGAW, IPG). Example: "John Photographer, Smith County, Plants.jpg". Mail only one image per e-mail and the subject line must state "Master Gardener Digital Image Contest." Entries not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to make sure the image is received. The Master Gardener Digital Image Committee is not responsible for computer errors.

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 be developed into a calendar. By submitting an entry you give permission for the digital image to be used for display, in a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Calendar, and in a slide show at the Illinois State Master Gardener Convention.

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