2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest
"Young and Old"
North Carolina is home to many beautiful trees and forests that enhance places we live, work and play. Trees provide many social, economic and environmental benefits to our citizens. This photo contest is an opportunity to share not just the beauty of these valuable trees and forests but also the values and benefits that each of us enjoy now and for many generations to come. To celebrate Arbor Day, the Urban & Community Forestry Program of the North Carolina Forest Service is sponsoring a photo contest. The competition is open to all North Carolina students in 5th through 12th grades (public, private and home schools included). Entries will be accepted through February 28, 2014.
Grade Divisions and Judging
- 5th – 8th grades
- 9th – 12th grades
A panel of judges will select a First Place winner from each category and one overall Grand Prize winner. Honorable Mentions may also be awarded. Entries will be judged as follows:
- 50% - Photo and caption: how well does photo and caption express the contest theme; overall aesthetic of the photo (composition, technique, use of light, impact and originality).
- 50% - Photographer's Statement: evidence that student researched the benefits and importance of trees in our communities as it relates to the contest theme; how well the statement addresses the contest theme; spelling and grammar.
All decisions of the judges are final.
First Place winners of each category will receive $50 and a tree to plant on their school grounds. One Grand Prize winner will receive $150, a tree to plant on their school grounds, and a framed reproduction of their photo. All winners will be honored at the state Arbor Day event on March 22, 2014 in Raleigh.
Entrant Agreement and Use of Images
By submitting the official entry form, entrants agree that this is an original image taken by the entrant and, with parental/guardian consent, allow the unlimited use of the image by the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS). Entrants grant NCFS the right to publish their name, school, and city in print or other media in connection with the photo contest. Photographs may be displayed at the state Arbor Day Celebration in Raleigh and on the NCFS website.
How to Enter
Download and complete the entry form, including the caption and attach the photographer's statement. One photo per photographer may be entered. Schools may select up to six (6) best photos for entry. Each photo should have an accompanying entry form. Individual entries may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any school submitting more than one photo should submit photos on a CD by mail to Jennifer Rall, NC Forest Service, 1616 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1616.
- The contest theme is: "Young and Old"
- Submit photos digitally (email or CD) using JPEG file format.
- High resolution. File size maximum of 6 megabytes.
- Use first and last name as the photo title (i.e., janedoe1.jpg).
- Photo must have been taken by the student. Photos do not have to be recently taken.
- Submissions may be made by the teacher, the student or the student's parent. Every entry must be associated with a teacher/school (information submitted in entry form).
- Include a caption for the photo.
- Include a Photographer's Statement (150-250 words) discussing the contest theme and your interpretation of how your photo relates to the contest theme.
- Subject matter must be in North Carolina and located in or near an urban environment.
- Subject matter should relate to contest theme "Young and Old" (i.e., trees, people, places, context)
- Photos may be black and white or color.
- Photos may be enhanced for color or clarity only.
- Photos can include people and/or animals interacting with trees or forests.
Winning photos will be selected by March 7, 2014. Photographers of the winning photos will be notified by March 14, 2014 and prizes will be awarded at the NC Arbor Day celebration on March 22, 2014 in Raleigh.
For more information, contact Jennifer Rall at: 919-857-4849 or email@example.com.