Thursday, March 17, 2016

MCDOT Accepting Applications for Landscaping and Photography Competitions

The focus of the Landscape Beautification Contest has changed to emphasize environmentally sensitive plantings that eschew non-native and invasive species, help reduce stormwater runoff, minimize water use, provide wildlife habitat, and keep pesticides and fertilizers out of local streams. The contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties in Montgomery County.  Landscaping along County roadsides, medians, or other public locations is also eligible for the award. Applications are due June 2.  

For the Amateur Photography Contest highlights the beauty of Montgomery County. Photos of County locations or residents are judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique.  Subject categories include Montgomery County by day or by night, County landmarks, people, and persons at work.  There is also an optional Youth category for aspiring photographers age 18 and younger who wish to be judged only against their peers. Applications are due July 1.

MCDOT’s Community Outreach website will post photos of last year’s winning entries for both contests after they are announced at GreenFest on Saturday, April 30.  The Landscaping and Photography contest applications explain the guidelines and judging criteria.

For more information, call Community Outreach at 240-777-7155 or email to request a nomination form either by mail or electronically.