Wonderful world of native plants

Snap that plant for photo contest

By Jan Martenson and Sara Digby
For The Taos News
Posted 7/12/18

The Native Plant Society of New Mexico has announced its first statewide native plant photo contest, "Snap That Plant!" The competition opened July 1 and will close Sept. 30.Do you enjoy taking …

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Snap that plant for photo contest

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The Native Plant Society of New Mexico has announced its first statewide native plant photo contest, "Snap That Plant!" The competition opened July 1 and will close Sept. 30.

Do you enjoy taking photos of all the wonderful diverse plant species of New Mexico? Got some awesome photos to share? We want to see them. We are calling on all photographers, young and old, to join us in our exploration of New Mexico's native plants.

Submit your native plant images -- in their natural habitat or in gardens, being used as food or medicine, interacting with people, animals, or insects -- you name it. We want to showcase our community members and highlight the beauty of the Southwest. Get creative!

Selected photographs will be featured in native plant society publications and social media as well in a future native plant calendar. You could win awesome prizes and get your photos featured locally and statewide all while joining the fun in spreading awareness of native plants.

For full information on the contest and how to submit your photos visit: npsnm.org/summer-photo-contest

Rules

Eligibility: New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas, residents of all ages are encouraged to submit to either a youth (ages up to 18) or adult category (18+). Winners will be chosen from both categories on a regional and state level. Photos must be taken within the borders of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be received by Sept. 30. Each chapter's final selections will be entered into the statewide competition. Grand prize winners will be announced by Oct. 31.

Note: Please only submit images in a digital format. Hard copies, CDs or USB drives will not be accepted and will not be returned to you.

Photo Content Options: Plants must be clear enough to be identified.

• Plants and people, animals, insects

• Plants in gardens

• Plants in wild areas …

Photo submissions must include identification of the plant and a story related to the plant. This can be a botanical description, a personal story (no more than 100 words) about a plant, its usefulness, a poem or other story form.

Formatting: Final digital images must be a JPG File, no smaller than 300KB, no larger than 4 MB. Images may be color or black and white.

How to submit photos:

Photographs may be submitted in one of three ways:

1. Facebook (@NPSNM)-- Either tag NPSNM or post directly on the Facebook wall.

In the comments section provide the following information:

• #snapthatplantnm

• #NPSNM_youth OR #NPSNM_adult

• Chapter/Region you reside in

• Your native plant story

2. Instagram (@nps.nm)

In the comments section provide the following information:

• #snapthatplantnm

• #NPSNM_youth OR #NPSNM_adult

• Chapter/Region you reside in

• Your native plant story

3. via the NPSNM website (NPSNM.org/summer-photo-contest)

Follow the instructions, attaching your photo(s) to the submission e-mail

Evaluation: Photos will be judged for impact relative to native plant appreciation, subject matter and storytelling ability, composition and technical excellence/image quality.

Prizes: Winners will be chosen on a chapter / regional level for both the youth and adult categories (14 winners total). Prizes for each of the 14 winners will vary depending on region and chapter. Each winner will then go on to the state level, and one winner will be chosen from each category and awarded the following Grand Prizes.

Adult Category Grand Prizes:

• Featured photo and recognition in Native Plant Society publications

• Photo featured and recognition on website and social media

• $150 cash prize

• 1 year waived for membership dues

• Subscription to New Mexico Magazine

Youth Category Grand Prizes:

• Featured photo and recognition in Native Plant Society Publications

• Photo featured and recognition on Website and social media

• $50 cash prize

• 1 year waived for membership dues

• Scholarship to the next annual NPS conference

• Tutorial lesson in nature photography with a master photographer

How To Contact Us

This column is printed every second Thursday of the month. For questions or suggestions, please contact us at TaosNPS@gmail.com or call (575) 751-0511. Get in on the fun and support the education and outreach efforts of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico by joining: npsnm.org/about/join.

Martenson is the president of the Taos chapter, Native Plant Society of New Mexico and a member of the board of NPSNM. Digby is the outreach coordinator for NPSNM.

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