The N.C. Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program is accepting entries for its 2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest through Feb. 28.
The contest is open to North Carolina students in fifth through 12th grades, including public, private and home schools.
The theme is "Young and Old." "The theme reflects not just the beauty of North Carolina's trees and forests, but also the values and benefits that many generations have enjoyed," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
The competition will be divided into fifth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. A panel of judges will select a winner from each division and one grand prize winner. Honorable mentions may also be awarded.
Winners of each division will receive $50 and a tree to plant on their school grounds. The grand prize winner will receive $150, a tree to plant at school and a framed reproduction of the winning photo.
To enter, participants should download and complete an entry form, and include a caption and photographer's statement. One photo per photographer may be entered.
Entry forms and a list of submission requirements can be found under the Urban and Community Forestry link on the N.C. Forest Service website at http://ncforestservice.gov.
Schools may select up to six best photos for entry. Each photo should be submitted electronically in a JPEG format (maximum of 6 megabytes), along with an accompanying entry form and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any school submitting more than one photo should submit photos on a CD by mail to Jennifer Rall, N.C. Forest Service, 1616 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1616.
Entries will be judged on how well the photo and caption express the contest theme; overall aesthetics of the photo; evidence that the student researched the benefits and importance of trees in communities as related to the contest theme; how well the photographer's statement addresses the contest theme; spelling and grammar. All decisions of the judges are final.
Winners will be selected and notified by March 14. Prizes will be awarded at the N.C. Arbor Day celebration on March 22 in Raleigh.
For more information, contact Rall at 919-857-4849 or email@example.com.