The Village of Swanton Tree Commission has undertaken a new effort to raise awareness of the Village’s urban forest, both on public and private property. In honor of Arbor Day 2020, the Tree Commission will hold the inaugural Walt Lange Arbor Day Photo Contest.
Walt Lange was a charter member of the Tree Commission and was instrumental in many Arbor Day activities for the community. Lange liked to plant trees whose shade he knew he would never sit in. Naming the contest in his memory is a small gesture for all his years of service.
The contest will run from April 24-July 24. It will take the place of the traditional Arbor Day activities held at a local school.
Those taking part are asked to practice safe social distancing. The contest is open to any amateur photographer. Photos must be taken within the Village of Swanton incorporated limits, and the main subject of the photo is to be a tree, or trees, but may contain other elements such as people, flowers and shrubs in a minor way. Photos may be in color or black and white. There is a limit of one photo per entrant.
The Tree Commission will select the top photos from four age groups – ages 5-9, ages 10-13, ages 14-18, ages 19 and older. The top photo in each category will receive a $25 gift card. These gift cards are gracious donations from community members.
The top three photos, from each category, will also be hung in a public facility from September to December 2020.To enter, visit https://forms.gle/ckvMmfxnDAA5haWR9.