Crow Wing SWCD hosting photo contest

Last year's (2019) Native Plant & Tree Photo Contest first-place winner, Wild Lupine Flower with Endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee by Jennifer Quam.

Join photographers of all ages and abilities to find pollinators on native plants in the Brainerd lakes area as part of the 2020 Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District photo contest.

Participants in the eighth annual contest are encouraged to find Minnesota’s new state bee: the endangered rusty patched bumblebee.

“This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore and learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd lakes area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from spring to fall,” Beth Hippert, a district technician, said in a news release.

All entries will be featured on the district’s Facebook page, website and possibly other educational or promotional items for the district.

The first-place winner will receive a 20-by-16 canvas, the second-place winner will receive an 11-by-17 canvas, and the third-place winner will receive an 8-by-10 canvas of their respective photos.


For contest rules, examples of native plants, how to participate in the contest and more, call 218-828-6197 or visit .

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I cover the community of Wadena, Minn., and write features stories for the Wadena Pioneer Journal. The weekly newspaper is owned by Forum Communications Co.
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