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Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
“Reflecting” by Jeff Tolle, one of the 2014 “Birds of South Florida” Photo Contest Winners
FAIRCHILD’S “BIRDS OF SOUTH FLORIDA” PHOTO CONTESTS
ACCEPTING ENTRIES FROM ALL AGES
Coral Gables, FL, July 21, 2015 – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is now accepting entries for its two “Birds of South Florida” Photo Contests as part of the Bird Festival presented by Fairchild and the Tropical Audubon Society. In addition to the annual photo contest for adults, new this year is a bird photo contest for kids. Entering the contest is free and open to all amateur photographers. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 18.
Photo submissions must be taken in South Florida and sent with the Registration Form filled out and attached via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must be 13 years of age or older. Expert judges will review each submission and select the top 20 photos. The judging panel will then choose the first, second, and third place winners, which will be announced before the Keynote Lecture at the Bird Festival on Saturday, October 3. The top three entries will receive a special prize, and the top 20 photos will be digitally displayed throughout the garden and on Fairchild’s Facebook page during the Bird Festival, held from October 3-4.
Participants who submit entries for the kids’ photography contest must be younger than 13 years of age and must submit a Registration Form with a parent or guardian’s signature to email@example.com. Photos can feature any species of bird. A team of experts will choose the top 3 photos, and winners will be announced before the Keynote Lecture on Saturday, October 3 and will receive special prizes.
The Bird Festival will be held October 1-4 with two days of off-site field trips and two days of on-site activities at Fairchild. The event features bird walks, a photo contest, plant sales, and a lecture by Dr. James A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker Kenn Kaufman, author of “Kingbird Highway” and winner of the American Birding Association’s lifetime achievement award.
To submit a photo, please visit http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Bird-Festival to fill out and email the Photo Contest Registration Form.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.