SWEET Invasive Plant Photography Contest

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Providing visual information concerning invasive plants is an important activity for the Sudbury Weed Education and Eradication Team. Photographs bring attention to the harm invasive plants do to our private, historic and environmentally sensitive properties. These invading life forms reduce biodiversity and threaten native tree and plant species which are integral parts of habitats in the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers area in which we live. Please join in and contrbute photographs for this important effort.

 To learn about the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers watershed, visit: www.Sudbury_Assabet_Concord.org. There you you learn about the wild and scenic rivers and important activities surrounding the wonders and concerns of these river areas.

Catagories will be judged separately for: Professional, Amateur-adult, kindergarten-grade 5 and teen. 

Photographs should pertain to invasive plants by showing; 1. scenic shots which show a site in the Sudbury, Assabet, Concord watershed being affected by invasive plant species, 2. detailed close-ups which could be used for education and outreach or, 3. photo collage highlighting creative skills using invasive plant subject(s) and digital software. Kindergarten-grade 5 catagory are not required to use digital tools for a collage. Other photographs  in catagory 3 all contestants have taken may be included.

Images must show one or more of the species listed by the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources. Find the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List, images and identification information at:

 www. mass.gov/agr/farmproducts/prohibitedplantlist.htm

Photographers or their families may contact SWEET to get "tips" to find locations for invasive plant populations.

Photographs will be previewed on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 from 10:30-12:00 or Sunday, Sept. 23 from 2:00-4:00 at Ames Hall, 26 Concord Road, Sudbury. Works meeting conditions for the contest must either be framed or core-foam boarded- no styrofoam and have ready to hang hardware.

Accepted works will be installed at Goodnow Public Library on Nov. 1, will be judged and ribbons awarded. Photographs will remain displayed through the end of the month.

The winning photographs will be used (with photographer permission and credit) for SWEET educational and outreach projects. There will be a special "Peoples' Choice" Award activity, so please drop by the library on or after Nov. 1 and vote for your favorite!

A suggested list of species found in Sudbury and area communities and contest rules iis included with this announcement as of August 8. These will also be available beginning Aug.8 at the Goodnow Public Library, The Town of Sudbury Conservation Commission office at 275 Old Lancaster Road and Bearly Read Books, 320 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, or by requesting one by email to:SWEETinvasives@gmail.com or by calling (978)505-1301



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