2013 Earth Photo & Essay Contest
Spring is a dynamic season filled with vibrant changes. Trees bud, flowers bloom, temperatures rise, winds blow, and rains fall, all affecting the world around us. Some animals as well as many people also seem to wake from their winter slumbers and become more active, reengaging with nature.
The 2013 IGES Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest encourages students to rediscover their world through the lens of a camera, taking note of the dynamic changes around them. Some of these changes may be quite dramatic—the impact of a winter storm causing changes to a shoreline; the introduction of a creek created by strong spring rains; the placement of a birds’ nest in a neighborhood tree; or the presence of plants in an abandoned building or on a rooftop.
What better way to capture all those changes than with a photograph?
Enter the contest by taking a photograph of something that is changing in your local natural environment. The photo can be taken anytime from Monday April 15 through Friday April 26, 2013 (Earth Day itself is April 22). It can be a photo of something changing in your backyard or neighborhood, near your school or in a local park, on the ground or high in the sky, off in the distance toward the horizon, or anywhere you happen to be.
Then, research and write an essay (400 words or less) that answers the following questions:
This contest is open to all U.S. students in grades 5-8.
Entries and entry forms must be received by email or postmarked by May 10, 2013. Photographs must be original, authentic and unpublished. Read below for instructions on how to submit an entry.
Prizes and Judging
Entries will be judged by IGES staff based on relevance to the contest theme (depiction of change in the natural environment), uniqueness and overall appearance of the photo, and quality of the essay. The top three winners will receive:
Each of the top 10 winners (including the top 3) will receive a photo book featuring the top 10 photos (and his or her photo on the front cover). The top 10 photos and accompanying essays also will be featured on the IGES website, www.strategies.org.
Winners will be announced on the IGES Web site around June 3, 2013.
How to Submit
Photographs and essays may be submitted via e-mail or regular mail…
E-mail submissions will be accepted at info [at] strategies [dot] org, and photos should be sent at the highest resolution possible. Photographs must be sent as individual files (e.g., jpg, png, or gif). Photos pasted into a Microsoft Word or other document will NOT be considered.
If sending by e-mail, please include in the body of the email the following personal information — name, home address, phone number, e-mail address, school and grade. The essay may be included as text in the body of the email, or attached as a Microsoft Word document or the like.
A signed entry form must be submitted (by email via scanned PDF, by fax, or by regular mail) for each participant.
Photograph, essay and signed entry form may be sent by regular mail to:
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
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