Photo contest honors famous photographer and Earth Day

A photo contest honoring renowned nature photographer Ansel Adams is being held March 9 through April 17. Everyone is invited to submit their photos through the contest Facebook page.

There are five contest categories: Landscape, Black & White, Flora & Fauna, Close-Up and Humanity in Nature. Participants can enter as many categories as they wish, with no limit of how many entries per category.

All photos must be digital. To enter a photo that’s not digital, scan it or shoot it with a digital camera and enter it. Facebook is the simplest, most accessible platform for the contest. If you do not have a Facebook account, ask a friend who does to enter your photo(s).

Find the contest at “2020 Ansel Adams Digital Photo Contest” on Facebook under the Events tab. Links are also found on www.plumasearthdays.com and Plumas Earth Days Facebook page. This is the fifth year of the contest.

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The primary awards will be People’s Choice (based on number of Facebook “Likes”) as well as special judges awards. Winners may be auctioned off as a future event to benefit Plumas Earth Days events, with the photographers’ permission.

In 2015, a FRC Environmental Studies class was looking through archives stored in the college library to find information about their class project, Dellinger’s Pond, a 7.2-acre property that was gifted to the college in 1971.

While perusing old newspaper clippings, students came upon a photo of Ansel Adams from the Feather River Bulletin dated from 1970 announcing that he was speaking at FRC for the first ever Earth Day that April.

Class instructor Darla DeRuiter hatched the idea of a digital photo contest. For more information, contact this year’s coordinator, Erin Roth, at [email protected] or text 927-7827. View past winners at frcanseladamsphotocontest.weebly.com.

Many other events are planned throughout April to engage the community in celebrating the earth in the spirit of Earth Day, which started in 1970 and is celebrated in 192 countries around the world.

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The contest is coordinated by the Plumas Earth Days Committee, a group of community-minded, Earth-loving individuals that spontaneously gathers each spring. For more information about this or any Plumas Earth Days event, contact Darla at [email protected] or check plumasearthdays.com.