Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Photo Contest: A Rainbow of Color

Iris Fountain photo by Charles Twine

This late spring heat may feel oppressive, but it hasn't kept photographers from heading to Duke Gardens to see the what new pops of color have emerged.

We'd love to see your favorite photos -- whether they be from a day ago or past seasons. Our new photo contest is titled A Rainbow of Color. This theme is open to interpretation, so show us what a rainbow at Duke Gardens means to you. A bird's wing, a sea of flowers, one single colorful petal, an opalescent insect, visitors' clothing, an actual rainbow -- you decide! 

Please don't be shy. This exhibit and 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.
Here's the scoop: 

HOW TO ENTER: Email up to 3 photos to Please send one per email. We will post them in an album on Facebook, with your Facebook name in the photo description. You may then add more information about the photo in the comments if you like, and encourage your friends to come see it and vote by clicking "like." 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 albums. Only "like" votes on the album photos will count in vote tallies, though (polite) comments are welcome, too.  

Please be sure to see our etiquette page before posting, too, as we will not include photos of people climbing trees, playing sports or engaging in other activities that are not permitted.   

DEADLINE: Photos must be submitted by noon Thursday, June 26, 2014. Voting will end at noon on Tuesday, July 1.  

HOW TO VOTE: It's simple. Just click "like" for all your favorite photos. 

PRIZES: We'll have prizes for most "like" votes, as well as judges' awards. Prizes will include Terrace Shop discount coupons and other Duke Gardens-related gifts. Each entrant may only win one prize per contest (though he/she may win top votes and also a judge's award).

SHARE: Even if you're not interested in prizes or contests, we'd love for you to share your photos just for fun, and share our contest photo album with your own Facebook friends. We look forward to seeing your favorites. 

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone of any age may share Duke Gardens photos in this contest. The only people not eligible to win a prize are Duke Gardens employees.  

NOTE: This contest is not administered, endorsed or operated by Facebook.   

SEE THE ENTRIES: Once we've received our first entries, we'll post an album to Facebook and link to it here.

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

Photo by Erika Zambello