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Call for Submissions – “A Greener Apple” Photo Contest

Our photo contest continues, and this month’s theme is “Urban Harvest.”  Submit your photos on our Flickr page by Midnight (EST) on November 15, 2011 to have a chance at some exposure and recognition on “Greening the Apple.”  In December 2011, submissions will be compiled and linked on the EPA Region 2 website for the public to see.

Follow these quick tips to submit your photo(s). Additional Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Entering is easy. The contest runs through Flickr.com, a photo-sharing website. If you don’t have an account, signing up is free, simple and fast. Only Flickr.com members will be permitted to submit photos.

Follow these steps:

EPA Photo/Kasia Broussalian

1.       Choose your best work

2.       Create a Flickr account if you don’t have one (see http://www.flickr.com/ and click on “Sign up now”)

3.       Upload your photos to your account

a.       In your photo’s description:

i.      Share where the photo was taken

ii.      Give a short (15 words or less) description of the photo to help us understand the context

4.       Join “A Greener Apple’s” group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1829022@N22/) Once on the page, click “add photos”

5.       Select your photos from your photo stream and click “add to group” on the right hand side of your screen

6.       Your photos will become a part of the Group Pool

7.       Photos can be any size, as Flickr will resize them automatically (see http://www.flickr.com/help/photos/)

8.       Tag your photos “A Greener Apple” so people can easily find them. 

Don’t forget to check out our winning photograph, for the month of September, the theme of which was “Urban Waters.” We look forward to seeing your work!

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Congratulations to September’s Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations, Chris Gardner of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; you’ve been selected as our winner for this month’s “A Greener Apple” photo contest, the theme of which was “Urban Waters”! Your photo will go into our collection for this year’s Ecology: A Look at New York City. Ecology is a documentary photo project and year-long contest with monthly winners that seeks to increase awareness and environmental stewardship throughout the New York metro area. In December 2011, submissions will be compiled and linked on the EPA Region 2 website for everyone to peruse and appreciate the environment around us. Next summer we plan to host an honorary photo exhibit of the monthly winners in the lobby of our building at 290 Broadway.

A short blurb from the photographer about the photo:

This photo documents the Corps of Engineers crew as they dropped rock material into the water in order to create an artificial oyster reef off of Governors Island last October. The artificial oyster reef, one of six planned for throughout the New York and New Jersey Harbor Estuary, is part of an experiment looking at the possibility of once again having a thriving, healthy oyster population in the estuary. Oyster reefs provide three major ecosystem services: 1) habitat for other species, 2) augmented fish production, and 3) water quality improvements.

The reef creation took place last year, but the concept and the work to continue restoring oysters in the harbor is ongoing, with partners continuously monitoring the status and progress of the artificial reefs. The Corps is collaborating with several partners in the New York and New Jersey Harbor community on this project as well as other ecosystem restoration initiatives. You can read more by clicking here.

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Congratulations to our First Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations, Nevin Cohen; you’ve been selected as our winner for this month’s “A Greener Apple” photo contest! Your photo will go into our collection for this year’s Ecology: A Look at New York City. Ecology is a documentary photo project and year-long contest with monthly winners that seeks to increase awareness and environmental stewardship throughout the New York metro area. In December 2011, submissions will be compiled and linked on the EPA Region 2 website for everyone to peruse and appreciate the environment around us. Next summer we plan to host an honorary photo exhibit of the monthly winners in the lobby of our building at 290 Broadway.

A short blurb from the photographer about the photo:

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a 6,000 square foot green roof organic vegetable farm atop a warehouse building. With gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline, the farmers at Eagle Street supply a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, an onsite market, and they bicycle fresh produce to area restaurants. In addition, the farm hosts educational and volunteer programs. In this photo, taken at the start of the growing season, volunteers tend to the “fields” planting and weeding. The photo (shot with a Lumix LX-3) was meant to illustrate the varied ways urban agriculture can be woven into the fabric of even the densest cities. Green roofs reduce stormwater runoff, conserve building energy, and create habitat for insects and birds, while providing a source of fresh vegetables to the community.

Our contest continues next month, and September’s theme is, “Urban Waters.” Submit your photos starting September 1st here.

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Enter our Photo Contest to Help Tell the Story of Sustainability in New York City

By Kasia Broussalian

“I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible”
-Richard Avedon

This quote, spoken by one of my absolute favorite photographers, has a way of resonating deep in my soul. For one short sentence, it says quite a bit. That’s what a great sentence is supposed to do, right? My becoming a photographer was an accident. For years I had wanted to be a journalist—a writer. Until a college friend handed me a camera and I thought, “Wow, I could go outside every day if I used one of these to tell stories.” Stories. That’s the other part. With a camera, I became a witness to a life so much bigger than my own. From behind the lens I had access where my ordinary eyes would not. For such a small object, a camera moves mountains.

With our New York City blog, “Greening the Apple” just launched, I wanted to share my passion for photography with others. We’ve launched a photo contest,  “A Greener Apple” Photo Contest and we hope you will all participate. The theme for the contest is, “What does sustainability look like in New York City?” Pick your best work, submit your photos easily online, and have a chance at some exposure and recognition on our blog. Photography is story-telling. Share your stories with the rest of us. The deadline for submissions is midnight, August 12, 2011 (EST).

Please read contest rules and guidelines on Greening the Apple

About the author: Kasia Broussalian is a Public Affairs intern for EPA Region 2. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at New York University, and has been with the agency since 2010.
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Greening the Apple’s First Reader Submitted Photo Contest

A Greener Apple Photo Contest—Call for Submissions

You are invited to participate in Greening the Apple’s first photography contest. The topic is, “What does sustainability look like in New York City?” Pick your best work, submit your photos easily online, and have a chance at some exposure and recognition on our blog. Photography is story-telling. Share your stories with the rest of us.  Your deadline is midnight, August 12, 2011 (EST).

You might ask, “What is sustainability?” For our purposes here, sustainability incorporates strategies, events, and procedures that meet society’s present needs without compromising the needs for future generations. Sustainable development can be facilitated by policies that integrate environmental, economic, and social values in decision making. This topic is meant to be broad—a way to link your life and what you see to your own definition of sustainability. In other words, how do you see New York City’s connection to the environment?

Who is eligible to enter?

Any citizen from any country, as long as you are 18. If you’re under 18, have a parent or guardian submit your work for you. EPA employees who are not on the contest selection committee are encouraged to submit photo entries.  Please read photo submission guidelines for theme requirements listed below. More

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