2020 Tolland Conservation Photo & Poetry Contest

Tolland Conservation Commission
Coping with COVID-19 Photo & Poetry Contest

Submission Deadline is 11:59 p.m. August 1, 2020

Getting out on our town trails is an excellent way to exercise, learn something about our natural world, and be with friends while maintaining social distancing under COVID-19 restrictions.  So let your creativity flow as you hike away your pandemic stresses and put your best artistic efforts into a new poem or photograph that captures the essence of our Tolland trails - an oasis in these strange and challenging times. 

As always, please leave no trace (i.e., don’t litter), keep pets on a leash and under control, and be safe on our trails.

The Three Categories For This Year Are:
Photography 1:  The natural environment found along Tolland trails

Photography 2:  People on Tolland trails

Poetry 1:  Written verse about your experiences on Tolland Trails

Contest Rules:

  1. Photos must be taken in the Town of Tolland by Tolland residents.

  2. Images should be of a family-appropriate subject matter and can be in any season.

  3. Photos may be color or black & white.

  4. Judges will be looking for photos that are in focus, of balanced composition, creativity, good exposure and higher resolution.

  5. You may submit up to two photos per category (a maximum of 4 photographs).

  6. Please put photo information including a title for the photo in the body of the email and once it has been accepted, you will receive an acknowledgement email.

  7. By submitting a photo, you are giving consent of any person who appears in your photograph.

  8. All entries become the property of the Tolland Conservation Commission and the Town of Tolland, with shared rights for unlimited reproduction in print and electronic publications, or other promotional materials, for an unlimited period of time. When possible published photos will be given photo credit and published poems will be given credit.

  9.  Conservation Commissioners and their family members are not eligible.

  10.  All decisions by the judges are final.  The Commission reserves the right to not award in a category.

Where to send the photo or poetry entries, and what to include in your submission:  Submit digital photos and poems to:  conservation@tolland.org  (jpeg format is preferred). No printed copies.

Each image must include the following information and photo identification:

  1. Photographer's name.

  2. Photographer’s address, email, and phone number so we can contact you if you win a prize.

  3. The photo location and date taken (ok to approximate).

  4. The photo category for your submission.

  5. The name/title you have given your image (e.g., "Evening Sunset") and a brief description.

  6. Please make your submission email subject line: Photo & Poetry Contest.

  7. Keep the submission emails to a file size of 20MB or less.

A $50 gift card will be awarded to the best photo in each photo category and to the best poem in the poetry category. Winners will be announced in September 2020.

Good Luck!