Some 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
You'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.
Our 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.
We 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.)