Photo entries for 2013 Get It Growing calendar due Jan. 31

The deadline for submitting photos to be considered for the LSU AgCenter’s 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar is rapidly approaching.

Although 2012 just arrived, it’s already time to begin work on next year’s calendar. Photographers interested in having their photos considered for the calendar must submit them by Jan. 31.

“We invite Louisiana gardeners and photographers to send in their favorite photos of plants, flowers, gardens and vegetables, along with an entry form that provides us with additional information,” said Elma Sue McCallum of the LSU AgCenter, who coordinates the project. The form and more information can be found at

“It is always a pleasure to review the beautiful photos we receive,” McCallum added. “We are proud to showcase the many talented gardeners and photographers from across the state.”

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 tips for achieving and maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden from well-known LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill. It also includes how-to information, a map of Louisiana’s climatic zones, a list of LSU AgCenter lawn and garden publications and other helpful material for gardening enthusiasts.

Berwick residen Sherie Topham Hardaway was one of the winners that has a photo featured in the 2012 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar.

The photos are chosen by a selection committee of LSU AgCenter faculty members to represent plants grown during each month of the year, as well as those chosen for the special features section. Photographers whose work is selected for use will be recognized in the printed calendar.

“The calendar is full of helpful tips and reminders for achieving and maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden, but we can’t do it without the photos,” McCallum said.

In addition to work on the 2013 edition, the 2012 Get It Growing calendar still is on sale.

This year’s calendar can be ordered online at The call for 2013 entries also can be found through that site by clicking the 2013 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 emailing her at

A dozen of the photos selected for the 2013 calendar will be featured as full-page, 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. 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 3 megapixel resolution for smaller calendar images and preferably 6 megapixels or greater for the larger, monthly calendar images), with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and email 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.

Entries and entry forms must be mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter Communications, Efferson Hall, Room 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Email submissions will not be accepted.

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.

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