LSU AgCenter ‘Get It Growing’ photo deadline approaching

Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  2/1/2008 3:13:30 AM

This photo featuring a morning glory was selected as the cover photo for the LSU AgCenter’s 2008 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. It was submitted by Glenda Balliviero of Lafayette and also is the featured photo on the July page of the calendar. (Photo by Glenda Balliviero)

Curtis Hilbun of Winnsboro submitted this photo of tulips for the LSU AgCenter’s 2008 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. His entry was among hundreds submitted for the calendar last year. (Photo by Curtis Hilbun)

Photo By: Curtis Hilbun

News Release Distributed 01/31/08

Photographs are being accepted through the end of February for the LSU AgCenter’s 2009 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar.

The deadline for submissions from photographers is Feb. 29. Those photos then will be reviewed for potential use in next year’s calendar.

“We think it’s great to be able to showcase the work of area photographers in this educational project that’s designed to help people learn about and enjoy gardening,” said Elma Sue McCallum of the LSU AgCenter, who is coordinating the project.

Each year’s Get It Growing calendar features about 40 garden or landscape photos in addition to gardening tips, how-to information and other helpful material for gardening enthusiasts.

Photos submitted for consideration can be of plants, flowers, garden scenes or other items that may be of interest to gardeners, according to McCallum, who said submissions will be evaluated by LSU AgCenter faculty members. Photographers whose work is selected for use will be recognized in the printed calendar.

“The annual Get It Growing calendar features information on what people in Louisiana can do to have lush lawns, attractive gardens, beautiful flower beds and much more in their landscape,” McCallum said. “All the advice and information are designed to be pinpointed for the climate zones in our state.”

The 2008 Get It Growing calendar currently is on sale. You can obtain more information or order it by visiting

A dozen of the photos selected for the 2009 calendar will be featured as full-page, full-bleed, four-color images for each monthly page in the calendar, and one will be used on the cover, McCallum said. The rest will be used throughout the calendar.

Photographers whose work is chosen for the monthly pages will receive 10 copies of the published calendar, and their names will be included with their photos in the calendar, she said. Other photographers will be listed as contributors and will receive two copies of the published calendar.

Submissions must be digital images on CD (at least 1 megapixel resolution and preferably 6 megapixels or greater), transparencies or 5-inch-by-7-inch color photos, with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address attached, McCallum said. All images must be the original work of the photographer submitting the image and must be accompanied by a signed entry form/photo release.

The entry form for submitting photos and other information on the contest can be found by visiting and clicking the 2009 Calendar Call For Entries link at the lower left corner of that page. Entry information also can be obtained by calling McCallum at (225) 578-2462 or by e-mailing her at

Entries and entry forms must be mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter Communications, P.O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894.

The Get It Growing calendar is part of an overall educational effort by the LSU AgCenter that is designed to help people across Louisiana enjoy their lawns and gardens.

Proceeds from sales of the calendar help to support horticultural research and educational efforts of the LSU AgCenter, as well as scholarships for horticulture students. An endowment for the Get It Growing Horticulture Scholarship was established this year and supports an annual scholarship awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled in the horticulture curriculum at LSU.


Contact: Elma Sue McCallum at (225) 578-2462 or
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

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