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Ansel Adams is a renowned photographer. He spoke at the first Earth Day at Feather River College in April 1970. A Digital Photo Contest will be held through Facebook on March 29 - April 12 honoring Adams as part of Plumas Earth Days celebrations. Go to “FRC Ansel Adams Digital Photo Contest” on Facebook. File photo

Third annual Ansel Adams Photo Contest celebrates Earth Day

A photo contest honoring renowned nature photographer Ansel Adams is being held March 29 through April 12.

There are five contest categories: landscape, black and white, flora and fauna, close-up, and humanity in nature. Participants can enter as many categories as they wish, but only one photo per category.

Find the contest at “FRC Ansel Adams Digital Photo Contest” on Facebook. This is the third year of the contest.

All photos must be digital. To enter a photo that’s not digital, scan it or shoot it with a digital camera. Facebook is the simplest, most accessible platform for the contest.

Judges will select winners in all categories, and there will be awards for People’s Choice as well (based on number of Facebook “Likes”). Winning photos may be auctioned off at Plumas Earth Days events as a fundraising activity, with the photographers’ permission.

In 2015, an 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 from 1970 announcing that he was speaking at FRC’s first Earth Day that April.

Class instructor Darla DeRuiter hatched the idea of a digital photo contest. For more information, contact DeRuiter at [email protected] or call 283-0202, ex. 262. 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.

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, check plumasearthdays.com.

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