Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Facebook Photo Contest: Fall Colors

The Virtue Peace Pond in fall. Photo by Rick Fisher.

Have you seen the beautiful oranges, reds and yellows peeking through the greens here at Duke Gardens? It's a perfect palette for a new photo exhibit+contest on our Facebook page (or see all entries). Got a favorite Duke Gardens photo featuring fall colors? We'd love to see it. Please don't be shy. This exhibit & contest is open to photographers at all levels and all ages. It's just a fun way to share your love for the Gardens with others who love it here, too.

For this contest, the fall colors can be anywhere, from a leaf to a flower, even a coat or hat -- as long as the setting is here at Duke Gardens.

Note: Facebook's structure has changed, so we can no longer do the contests in "events" with ease. So now we're using a collective album and email, which seemed to work well for our water plants contest.

Here's the scoop:

TOPIC: The topic for October/November is fall colors.

HOW TO ENTER: Email up to 3 photos for each contest to At least 5x7" or larger at 72 ppi is best, but if you don't know how to resize photos, feel free to send them as is, 1 per email. We will post them in an album on Facebook, with your Facebook name in the photo description. You can then add more information about the photo if you like, and encourage your friends to come see it and vote. You may also post the photo on our wall, but be sure to email it as well, so that it's officially in the contest and album. Only "like" votes and comments on the album photos will count in vote tallies.

DEADLINE: Photos must be submitted by Nov. 28. Voting will end at our amended cutoff of 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

PRIZES: We'll have prizes for most "like" votes and comments, as well as judges' awards. First prize is a Duke Gardens 2012 calendar. 2nd prize: Duke Gardens greeting cards or a 75th anniversary T-shirt. 3rd prize: discount coupon for the Terrace Shop. Entrants may only win one prize per contest theme in each tally (top votes & judges' prizes).

SHARE: Even if you're not interested in prizes or contests, we'd love for you to share your photos just for fun. We look forward to seeing your favorites.

LEARN MORE: Please check out our education & event listings for photo courses that you may enjoy. We also have a Nature Photography Certificate program that may interest you.