Crow Wing SWCD Celebrates Their 9th Annual Photo Contest

Crow Wing SWCD Celebrates Their 9th Annual Photo Contest

September 29, 2021 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

BRAINERD, MN – Join photographers of all ages and abilities to find pollinators on native plants in  the Brainerd Lakes Area. 2021 Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Photo Contest focus on pollinators and native plants. 

According to the Minnesota DNR, “Native plants work well for many landscaping and wildlife habitat plantings,  because once established they seldom need watering, mulching, protection from frost or continuous mowing. Native  plants produce nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife.” This is a  great opportunity to see the benefits through a ‘lens’ of your own. 

According to Adam Maleski, District Technician “This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore, and learn  about native plants that grow around the Brainerd Lakes Area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from  spring to fall.” 

Melissa Barrick, District Manager “All the entries will be featured on our Facebook, website and potentially other  educational or promotional items for the SWCD. The first-place winner will receive a 16” x 20” canvas of their photo, as  well as their winning photo being in a drawing at our SWCD booth at the 2022 Crow Wing County Fair! The second place winner will receive a 12” x 16” canvas of their photo and the third-place winner will receive a 14” x 14” canvas of their photo.” The Crow Wing SWCD is currently featuring past photo contest images in their 2021 Crow Wing  County Plat Books. 

Contest Rules 

o Feature a plant species that is native to Crow  Wing or surrounding counties. 

o Original work that is property of the person who  submits the photo. 

o Labels on each entry with your name, phone  #, name of the plant/tree, and what city/town photo was taken. 

o One entry per species, limit of five entries per  person. 

o Submit photo by email in digital format, must be a High Resolution/minimum resolution of 300 dpiand in .jpg format. 

o Trademarks, commercial names, or advertisements may not appear in the photos. 

o Extra points given for pollinators on a native plant. o Entry will imply consent to use photos for SWCD  educational and promotional activities. 

o Credit will be placed on each photo for all photographers. 

How to Participate: 

o E-mail your photos to,  o Mail/bring digital photos to: Land Services Building;  Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel St. Suite 22. Brainerd,  MN 56401. 

o Questions? Call CW SWCD at 218-828-619. o Deadline: Sunday, October 31, 2021.

EXAMPLES of Native Plants, Grasses, Shrubs and Trees:
Fireweed Flower Highbush Cranberry Shrub
Butterfly Weed Flower Wild Plum Tree
Little Bluestem Grass Juneberry/Serviceberry Shrub
Prairie Smoke Grass Nannyberry Shrub
Gray or Showy Goldenrod Basswood Tree
Sensitive Fern Lead Plant
Wild Geranium Purple Prairie Clover Flower
Wild Bergamot Flower False Indigo Flower
Prairie Blazing Star Flower Smooth Blue Aster Flower
Winners will receive a canvas of their picture
1st Place 16 x 20 Canvas with photographer name
2nd Place 12 x 16 Canvas with photographer name
3rd Place 14 x 14 Canvas with photographer name