PACE Turf - Turfgrass Information Center


Contest goals:

  • To encourage turfgrass professionals and students to use their digital cameras more effectively
  • To share turf IPM information and digital images with the turf management community
  • To acquaint you with the PACE Turfgrass Research Institute Photo Gallery, a digital photo library that is available free of charge.
  • To provide some prizes and to have some fun in the process!

Entry deadline: The contest runs from July 5, 2006 to September 15, 2006.

Prizes: Winners will be notified by email and results will be posted on the PACE website on October 1, 2006. Three winners will be selected. 1st prize: Canon Powershot A700 camera or a $300 gift certificate from 47th Street Photo ; 2nd prize: gift certificate for $200 at 47th Street Photo; 3rd prize: gift certificate for $100 at 47th Street Photo

What to enter:

  • Each participant may submit only one digital or scanned photo in .jpeg (.jpg) format. We will not accept entries that are submitted via conventional mail/postal services.
  • See our IPM Photography Tips for suggestions on taking a prize winning photo.
  • Photos must illustrate a turf IPM topic, concept or practice (click here for examples)
  • Photos may not exceed 1,000 X 1,000 pixels at 150 dots per inch (dpi). File size should be less than 200 KB.
  • You must be the photographer and the sole owner of the submitted photo

Judging: The judges' decision is final. Photos will be judged by PACE Research Directors Dr. Larry Stowell and Dr. Wendy Gelernter and winners selected based on the highest scoring entries in the following areas:

  • IPM subject matter (click here for a description of suggested topics)
  • Value as an educational or informational tool
  • Composition, pleasing appearance, interesting subject matter
  • Lighting, focus, clarity of image
  • Clearly written title (less than 5 words) and description of image (less than 50 words). Click here for tips on writing titles and descriptions

Use of submissions: All photos submitted for the contest will be made available on the PACE website’s Photo Gallery, and may be used by any interested person for non-profit educational purposes. Your photos will not be used in sales, advertising or marketing activities. Your photo submission is your agreement that the photo can be used on the PACE Photo Gallery website without notification or renumeration.

How to enter:

  • Take a great digital photo (Click here for tips on taking digital photos) of a qualifying topic (click here for a listing of turf IPM topics, concepts and practices)
  • Sign up on the PACE website in the category of your choice (photo contest entry is free of charge to any registered participant, but you also have the option to join PACE for more extensive benefits). Keep a record of your username and password
  • Submit your photo on-line by logging in to the PACE Photo Gallery.
  • Upload the photo onto the PACE Photo Gallery by clicking on “Upload Photos” on the upper right of the page. Choose the category “PACE IPM Photo Contest”
  • Click on the “Browse” button to locate the file that you want to upload. Click the “Upload/Submit” button
  • Write a brief title and a clear description of your photo (Click here for tips on writing titles and descriptions)

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