Monday, February 23, 2015

Buds and Blossoms Photo Contest

Photo by Robert Ayers
Spring may feel like a distant dream, what with the frigid weather lately. But some buds have already popped, and many more will follow in the coming weeks and months. We'd like to celebrate this exciting seasonal change with a new photo contest: Buds and Blossoms. Show us your favorite Duke Gardens photos featuring anything from a tiny spring bud to a sea of colorful flowers.

Please don't be shy. This 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. Your photograph can be recent or from past years. 

We are conducting two photo contests simultaneously, "Winter Scenes" and "Buds and Blossoms." When entering one or both, please let us know in the subject line which photo contest you are entering.  

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 your 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 in the Gardens.

DEADLINE: Photos must be submitted by noon Tuesday, March 31. Voting will end at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

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, and an extra prize for the best photo featuring a Duke student or students dressed in Duke logo clothing. Prizes will include Terrace Shop discount coupons, Duke Gardens note cards or other Duke Gardens-related gifts.
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.

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 Robert Ayers

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