LSU AgCenter ‘Get It Growing’ photo deadline near

Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  1/17/2009 2:08:55 AM

A photo by Curtis Hilbun of Wisner, La., was picked for the cover of the 2009 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. The shot of tulips also is the featured photo for March.

News Release Distributed 01/16/09

Photographers have until the end of the month (January) to submit photos for the LSU AgCenter’s 2010 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar.

The deadline for all submissions is Jan. 30. Those photos then will be reviewed for potential use in next year’s calendar.

“We appreciate the involvement of Louisiana gardeners and photographers,” said Elma Sue McCallum of the LSU AgCenter, who coordinates the project. “We receive photos from all across the state, and the Get It Growing calendar generates a great deal of enthusiasm among gardeners and those people interested in beautiful photos of Louisiana flowers, plants, lawns and gardens.”

McCallum said the LSU AgCenter is proud to showcase the work of area photographers in this educational project that’s designed to help people learn about and enjoy gardening.

Each annual edition of the Get It Growing calendar, which has been published since 2005, features about 40 garden or landscape photos as well as 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.

“All the advice and information in the Get It Growing calendar are pinpointed for the climate zones in our state, so we like to have photos that also represent things you’d find in our state,” McCallum said. “The calendar is designed to give Louisianians information on what they can do to have lush lawns, attractive gardens, beautiful flower beds and much more in their landscape, as well as to show them photos of the success other people are having with their lawns and gardens.”

The 2009 Get It Growing calendar currently is on sale. This year’s calendar can be ordered online at Information about submitting photos for the 2010 calendar also can be found on that site.

A dozen of the photos selected for the 2010 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 for the calendar must be digital images on CD (at least 1 megapixel resolution and preferably 6 megapixels or greater), 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 2010 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 25203, Baton Rouge, LA 70894.

The calendar is part of an overall Get It Growing 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 support horticultural research and educational efforts of the LSU AgCenter, as well as scholarships for horticulture students.


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

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