The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise® Communities Program announces its first Firewise Calendar Photo Contest and invites photo enthusiasts to submit their favorite, original photographs of Firewise plants in their natural habitat. Winning entries will be displayed in the 2013 Firewise calendar. The contest runs from February 3, 2012 through March 16, 2012.
One of the primary principles of the Firewise program involves creating a Firewise landscape around a house by using less flammable vegetation and keeping plants, grasses, shrubs and trees well-hydrated and maintained, which helps protect the home from widlfire.
The calendar will serve as a resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and maintenance by highlighting a different plant, shrub or grass, along with its name, a description, growth pattern and area of origin, from various regions across the country that can be used to both beautify a home’s landscape and help resist embers from a wildfire.
Entrants may submit up to 10 unique and original photos of Firewise plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses found in their region. To create a visually exciting and informative calendar, each photo should highlight the plant in its natural setting. A total of 14 photos will be selected representing each month, and the back and front covers. The winners will be announced March 23, 2012.
More information about the contest and the process for submitting photos can be found on the rules page of the Firewise Web site at http://www.firewise.org/Information/Photos.aspx. Additional resources and tips on Firewise landscaping and fire-resistant plants found in your area can also be found on the website, in the “Information and Resources” section.