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Earth Day 2012 photo contest



By Coastal Breeze News Staff

The City of Marco Island is hosting a photo contest in honor of Earth Day 2012. The contest opens Wednesday, February 1st and runs through April 6th. The theme of the contest is Southwest Florida Native Flora and Fauna. The contest is open to any amateur photographer, 14 years or older, who resides in Collier County full or part-time.

Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist for the City of Marco Island commented, “We live in such a beautiful and diverse area, why not celebrate it through photography? The Southwest Florida and Everglades’ environments with all of the natural species, plants and animals, are perfect subject matters for photographers. And, since Marco Island is designated as a “Tree City USA”, we’ve added a Tree category to showcase our beautiful species of trees.”

The four categories of the contest are: color, black and white, creative (enhanced) and trees. There is a limit of four photos per entrant. Each submission must be in an 8 X 10” format, matted on a white 11 X 14” mat. The photo submission and release forms which must accompany each entry will be available February 1st at City Hall and at Mackle Park. For more information call Nancy Richie at 239-389- 5003 or email her at nrichie@cityofmar

Entries can be hand delivered or mailed to Nancy Richie, City of Marco Island, 50 Bald Eagle, Marco Island, FL 34145.

The judges for the contest are: Chief Mike Murphy, Len Messineo, Artist and Professional Nature Photographer, Nancy Richie, Vickie Kelber, Earth Day Celebration Volunteer and Dave Graff, Professional Photographer and Education Specialist for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Winners will be announced at a City Council meeting on Monday, April 16th and their photos will be displayed at Mackle Park. Coastal Breeze News is a proud sponsor of the contest and will publish all winning entries.

City of Marco Island


 Southwest Florida Native Flora & Fauna Photography Contest

Sponsored by the Coastal Breeze News

Eligibility:  This photography contest is open to all amateur photographers that reside full or part time in Collier County, FL from the age of 14 years and older.  Entrant must be an amateur who has not received monetary compensation for photography whether in exhibits, by sale or through any facet of journalism.

Theme:  “Southwest Florida Native Flora & Fauna”.  People have long been captivated by Florida’s beauty and abundance of plants and animal life as well as the unique diversity of their natural habitats. This contest will express a visual celebration of all natural species, both animal and plant life, which inhabit the Southwest Florida and Everglades’ environments in honor of EARTH DAY 2012.

There will also be a specific category, for just tree photographs. The City of Marco Island is designated as a “Tree City USA” and is home to many beautiful species of trees.

Categories:  Four (4) categories will be judged for First Place Certificates, with the possibility of Honorable Mention. The categories are:

  1. 1.     Color
  2. 2.     Black & White
  3. 3.     Creative (Example: Photo Wash, Watercolor added to enhance photo)
  4. 4.     Trees (Photos can be Color or Black & White)

Submission Criteria: 

  1. All cameras are acceptable
  2. Limit of four (4) photos can be submitted by entrant
  3. Original 8” by 10” photos only
  4. Photo must be in a 11” by 14” white mat only
  5. On BACK of mat:  Name, Address, Phone, Email
  6. On FRONT of mat: Title only
  7. NO Glass, Frames, or any other variation of the 11” by 14” white mat will be accepted
  8. A submission and release form shall be filled out and provided with photo submissions

Note:  The Photograph Contest judges reserve the right to disqualify any photo that represents unethical environmental behavior or does not comply with submission requirements.


Photo submission and release forms will be available on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, at City of Marco Island City Hall and Mackle Park.  They will also be available to download and print at the City’s website:  Note: While the City of Marco Island, Mackle Park is a secure facility, all exhibiting photographers will be asked to sign a release form included with the photo submission form.

Deadlines & Procedures:


Wednesday, February 01, 2012




Friday, April 6th, 2012

Submit photos and required forms (hand delivered or mail)Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PMat: Nancy Richie

City of Marco Island

50 Bald Eagle Drive

Marco Island, FL  34145


Questions:  239-389-5003 or


 Friday, April 13h, 2012  Completion of judging.
 Friday, April 13th, 2012 Contest winners notified by phone and/or email by Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist
 Monday, April 16th, 2012, 530 PM  Contest winners recognized at Marco Island City Council meeting
 Tuesday April 17th through Friday, April 27th, 2012 Contest winning photos artfully displayed at City of Marco Island’s Mackle Park.
 Monday, April 30th through Friday, May 4th, 2012   ALL photos shall be picked up the City of Marco Island City Hall50 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145


  • Len Messineo, Artist, Professional Nature Photographer
  • Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island
  • Vickie Kelber, Earth Day Celebration volunteer
  • Dave Graff, Professional Photographer & Education Specialist, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Chief Mike Murphy

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