Photo contest focuses on local blooms

"Magnolia Tree" by Leonard Ames was one of last year’s photo contest winners.

“Magnolia Tree” by Leonard Ames was one of last year’s photo contest winners.

The Norwalk Tree Alliance invites Fairfield County residents to enter its second annual photo contest, devised to capture the spring vitality and splendor of flowering trees in the area and culminating with a display at the Connecticut Tree Festival in Cranbury Park on May 17.

Residents of Fairfield County of any age are eligible to submit entries, one per contestant. Only photos taken in the county qualify. Images may be in color or black and white. They should be submitted on eight by 10 photographic grade paper in uncreased condition. They can depict the tree at any time of the year but must show the tree in flower.

All entries must include the name of the photographer, street address, telephone number and email address, the location of the tree and the date the photo was taken. Submissions become the property of the alliance and will not be returned. As sponsor of the photo contest, the Norwalk Tree Alliance plans to display the entries at its booth on the midway at Cranbury Park and award prizes for the images, selecting a first, second and third. Dan Landau, president of the alliance, heads the panel of judges.

Photos should be submitted to the Customer Service Center in Room 224 at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., no later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Additional information Is available at [email protected] or by calling 203-847-1600.

The festival is a family-oriented outing, crammed with entertainment and activities like a treasure hunt, face-painting, a tree-rope climb, a sweep of the tree tops in  a cherry- picker and exhibits to promote the ecology and the value of trees as natural resources that enhance the quality of life in Connecticut. It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine and is totally free of charge.

Up to 40 organizations are typically represented in the festival. The day showcases an array of environmentally oriented exhibits and offers demonstrations in urban tree care by accredited arborists who dispense their technical expertise free of charge and will, for example, identify the tree in your backyard if you bring in a leaf or twig.

Additional information is available by calling the City of Norwalk Customer Service Center at 203-854-3200 or via email at [email protected]

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