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Enter Our Second Annual Invasive Species Photo Contest!

By Melody Rose (melodyMarch 24, 2012

Most gardeners are aware of invasive species and the impact they have on the ecosystem. They compete with native plant, animal and aquatic life to the point of seriously endangering local populations. To raise awareness about invasive species, Dave’s Garden is launching our Second Annual Invasive Species Photo Contest.

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ImageSome invasives are easy to spot, and even easier to loathe.
However, many are quite attractive and deceptively beautiful. With this contest,
we hope to spotlight a variety of species and give you, the community, the
chance to show off your photography skills. Each First-place winner will
receive a three-month subscription to Dave's Garden, each Second-place winner
will receive a two-month subscription to Dave's Garden and each Third-place
winner will receive a one-month subscription to Dave's Garden (in the event a
participant wins more than one category, they will receive an additional subscription
that they can keep, or give to a friend)

The rules are simple; submit your best images of flora,
fauna or insects and the membership will be the judges. When you submit your
entries, tell us where the subject was photographed. Everything is native to
somewhere and we're an international community with members all around the
globe. What might be a troublesome pest for you, might be well-behaved
somewhere else.

This link is to our 2012 Entry Page

ImageYou'll need to be logged in to post an image, so if you need assistance with that, contact our Helpdesk and we'll be happy to help.

ImageOur membership entered some stunning images last year and
the contest was a great success. The images in this article are the First Place winners from 2011.

2011 First Place for Invasive or Non-native Wildlife was the Cane Toad, photographed by plantladylin. Click this link to see the full sized images and the runners-up.

2011 First Place for Invasive or Non-native Plants was the Purple Loosestrife, photographed by Aqua0174. Click this link to see the full sized images and the runners-up.

2011 First Place for Invasive or Non-native Bugs was the Wool Carder Bee, photographed by smallwonders. Click this link to see the full-sized images and the runners-up.

2011 First Place for Invasive or Non-native Birds was the European Starling, photographed by linthicum. Click this link to see the full sized images and the runners-up.

ImageWe hope that this contest raises awareness about invasive or non-native species. Many are surprisingly attractive and some are even offered commercially. Non-native or invasive species tend to upset the balance of a local ecosystem, so we hope this friendly competition serves to educate and enlighten. They push out native plants and animals, while reproducing in vast numbers. We'd like to invite you to enter our 2012 Contest and show us your invasive species!


Images of the 2011 winners are by photographers, plantladylin (cane toad), Aqua0174 (purple loosestrife), smallwonders (wool carder bee), and linthicum (eurpopean starling.)

  About Melody Rose  
Melody RoseI come from a long line of Kentuckians who love the Good Earth. I love to learn about every living thing, and love to share what I've learned. Photography is one of my passions, and all of the images in my articles are my own, except where credited.

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