While you’re out and about this summer, botanizing, hiking, gardening, or lying on the lawn, you may find yourself taking pictures.
If so, here are some opportunities to get Washington’s native plants into the public eye:
While it’s not yet time for our Washington Native Plant Society photo contest (that call will come later this year), the Washington State Employees Credit Union Calendar Photo Contest is open until July 15, 2013.
This contest is limited to photos taken in Washington State, and pictures of people or pets aren’t eligible. Entrants must be members of the Credit Union.
Fourteen winners will receive a $100 gift card.
The National Wildlife Federation offers seven different categories in its contest, including Landscapes and Plant Life, Backyard Habitat, and Connecting People and Nature. The last day to enter is July 15, 2013.
This contest has two divisions: general (for people over 18) and youth (for ages 13–17). There is an entry fee of $20, which covers entry of up to ten photos.
The National Wildlife Federation plans to award one Grand Prize, eight First Place prizes, and eight Second Place prizes. The Grand Prize is trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada—where you can see and photograph polar bears (brrr…not many plants to see, I bet. Maybe lichens?).
First Place prizes are an Apple iPad or $500 cash, and the Second Place winners will receive an Apple iPod or $300 cash. Winners may also see their photo featured in future issue of National Wildlife magazine.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences wants to show how biological research is transforming society and the world. This year’s Faces of Biology Photo Contest has the theme “Broader Impacts.” They are looking for images that show the broader impacts of biology, such as how it informs natural resource management, addresses climate change, improves science education, advances knowledge, and so on.
The contest is open until September 30, 2013. Images may be taken anywhere in the world. The contest is open to any legal resident of the United States who is at least 18 years of age.
The First Place Winner’s photo will be featured on the cover of BioScience, and the winner will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a one year subscription to BioScience. The Second and Third Place Winners will have their photos printed inside BioScience, and they will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a one year subscription to BioScience.
Not a photographer? Well, you can vote in the People’s Choice Award that the National Wildlife Federation is running. There are weekly contests until July 22nd, and then the final round will run July 23 through August 5, 2013.