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Contest entries sought for the Nature Festival

By DON TRAVIS
El Camino Real Chapter Texas Master Naturalist

Got any great nature photos? Were they taken somewhere in Texas? Do you want to share them with others and have a chance to be recognized among your family, friends and possibly thousands of Nature Festival visitors? Are you between the ages of zero and infinity? If so, you are eligible to submit your favorites in our Nature Festival Photo Contest.

This year’s Milam County Nature Festival, sponsored by the El Camino Real Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, will be held on Friday, April 12 and Saturday April 13 at Rockdale Fair Park and is shaping up to be another great family-fun event.

This year’s theme will be on “Snakes of Milam County” with several speakers and exhibits focusing on these really neat reptiles. Lots of other great nature exhibits and hands on activities will also be featured, including an outdoor nature event and movie on Friday evening. There will be more details in future articles, and you can read more on our web page http://txmn.org/ elcamino/naturefest/.

Right now, we’d like to announce the opening of our Nature Photo Contest being held in conjunction with the Festival. There are three age divisions based on your age as of March 29, 2013, which is the date of final submission: Child under age 12; Teens ages 12 through 17; and Adults ages 18 and over.

There are five categories where each person can submit one photo in each one: People in Nature; Wildlife; Landscape/ Scenery; Plants/Flora; and Funny Nature Photo. Photos need to be 8x10 size, without any matting or framing to keep it all simple and inexpensive.

The submission forms and guidelines are pretty easy and can be obtained from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Cameron, or the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce office or easy to download from the above web page.

So get busy and let’s see those great photographs.


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