Photographs are an important tool for the Sudbury Weed Education and Eradication Team (SWEET) to bring attention to the harm invasive plants do to our private, historic and conservation properties. SWEET is seeking photographs which are either (1) scenic shots showing a site in the Sudbury, Assabet or Concord River watershed being affected by invasive species, (2) detailed close ups which could be used for education, or (3) photo collage highlighting your creative skill using photographs of invasive plants and digital software. All photographs must be framed or core foam boarded and should measure at least 8 x 10 and no more than 16 x 20. Judging categories are: professional, amateur adult, 12 – teen, and Kindergarten – grade 5. To learn about the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Watershed areas, visit www.Sudbury_Assabet_Concord.org. The website covers the wild and scenic rivers and activities which highlight the wonders and concerns of these important river watersheds in which we live.
Images must show one or more of the species as listed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Find the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List, images and identification information at www.mass.gov/agr/farmproducts/prohibitedplantlist.htm. Photographs will be previewed on Saturday, September 15 from 10:30 – 12 noon, or Sunday, September 23, from 2 – 4, at Ames Hall, 26 Concord Road, Sudbury. Works meeting conditions of the contest will be installed and judged at Goodnow Public Library on November 1 and displayed through the end of the month. There will be a people’s choice award voting box set up in the library – please stop by to cast a vote for your favorites! Winning photograph will be used for educational and public outreach projects. For more information, email SWEETinvasives@gmail.com. Photo of water chestnuts below from New England Wild Flower Society.