Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge

Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge

 

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bee pollinating a yellow flower


Recognizing the value pollinators provide to humans and our ecosystem, Penguin Court, a Preserve of the Brandywine Conservancy, and the Westmoreland Pollinator Partners, an ad-hoc committee of groups in Westmoreland County promoting and protecting pollinators, are pleased to host the Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge for the second year in a row.

Open to the public, this contest has categories for adults 18 and over and youth 17 or younger. Images must include a pollinator found and photographed in Pennsylvania, such as bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds, moths, or wasps. Photos of people hand-pollinating plants will be considered, too; however, the person must provide written consent if they are identifiable in the image.

A person may submit a maximum of three entries, which must be submitted electronically by August 5, 2022. First, second, and third place winners in both the adult and youth categories, as well as honorable mentions, will be announced at the “Monarchs, Milkweed, and More” event on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier.

Additional rules and regulations, judging criteria, and more may be found below.


Rules and Regulations

  1. Include your name, address, email, phone number, and category (Adult – 18 years and over or Youth – 17 years and younger) with your submission, plus the approximate date and location of where the photo was taken. Photo must have been taken in Pennsylvania. Please also include a brief 1-2 sentence description for each entry. We appreciate reading them!
  2. A parent/guardian permission form must be submitted with each child’s entry in the Youth category. Download it by clicking here.
  3. Submitted photos must be named in the following format: LastName-FirstName_Submission#. Example: Doe-Jane_Submission1. Due to the volume of entries, staff can not take time to rename submissions.
  4. High-resolution images are recommended (at least 1MB in size, max 20 MB).
  5. The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, filtering, or distorting subjects within the frame. Modest adjustments to brightness, saturation, and contrast are permitted.
  6. All photos must be submitted via email by 11:59 PM on Friday, August 5, 2022. Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline passes.
  7. A maximum of three entries is permitted per person.
  8. Photos must include a pollinator photographed in Pennsylvania. Suggested subjects include bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds, moths, wasps, or even people hand-pollinating plants.
  9. Entries must be submitted via email at [email protected]
  10. Entries will be judged by three representatives of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and Westmoreland Photographers Society.
  11. By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by Penguin Court, Brandywine Conservancy, and Westmoreland Pollinator Partners for marketing and educational purposes, royalty-free. Photo credit will always be given.
  12. First, second, and third place winners in each category – Adult and Youth – will be announced at the “Monarchs, Milkweed, and More” event on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier. Honorable mentions will be shared, too. 
  13. The prize must be collected by the winner and is non-transferable. 
  14. If the winner is not present, he or she will be contacted on August 22 via email and with a phone call. If no response is received after four business days, a new winner will be selected, and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize. Penguin Court and Westmoreland Pollinator Partners will make reasonable accommodations to get the prize to the winner, meeting the winner at a mutually agreeable location within Westmoreland County by September 30, 2022. (Some prizes could be mailed, but plants, for example, could not.)
     

Judging Criteria

All photos will be judged based on the contest theme: Pennsylvania Pollinators and will include Relevancy, Originality, Impact, and Photo Quality. Each criterion has a maximum score of 25 points. The maximum score for any photo is 100 points. The three photos receiving the highest scores in each category will win.

  • Relevancy (25 points): Rank the photo’s relevancy to the contest theme
  • Originality (25 points): Rank the photo’s originality and creativity
  • Impact (25 points): Rank the photo’s emotional impact
  • Photo Quality (25 points): Rank the photo’s quality for clarity, focus, and technical details

Prizes

Adults

  • 1st Place = $50 cash; free admission for up to 4 people to Longwood Gardens and a discount on membership (Value $100); and 9 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $54)
  • 2nd Place = $30 cash; free admission for up to 4 people to Longwood Gardens and a discount on membership (Value $100); and 6 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $36)
  • 3rd Place = $20 cash; free admission for up to 4 people to Longwood Gardens and a discount on membership (Value $100); and 3 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $18)

Youth

  • 1st Place = Pocket Guides: Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States and Pennsylvania Butterflies & Pollinators (Value $18), $30 Dairy Queen gift card and 7 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $42)
  • 2nd Place = Pocket Guides: Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States and Pennsylvania Butterflies & Pollinators (Value $18), $20 Dairy Queen gift card and 3 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $18)
  • 3rd Place = Pocket Guides: Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States and Pennsylvania Butterflies & Pollinators (Value $18), $10 Dairy Queen gift card and 1 native plant in 4-inch pot from Penguin Court (Value $6)

Prize Sponsors

  • Penguin Court
  • Westmoreland Pollinator Partners