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Mounts Botanical Garden Launches 10th Annual Mounts Photography Contest & 2nd Annual Youth Nature Photography Contest
Entries Accepted January 15 through February 15, 2017

(West Palm Beach, FL – December 19, 2016) Rochelle Wolberg, Interim Operations Manager/Director of Programs at Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, today announced the launch in January 2017 of two separate but simultaneous photography contests:
· Mounts 10th Annual Photography Contest
· Mounts 2nd Annual Youth Nature Photography Contest

In both contests, the photographs must have been taken at Mounts Botanical Garden, located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach. The Guest Judge will be the respected nature photographer Alan Chin Lee, and contest entries will be accepted at Mounts between January 15 and February 15, 2017.

For the 10th Annual Photography Contest, the Garden is accepting photos in four different categories: Plant Life/Nature Close-Ups, Animal Life, People in the Garden, and Scenic/Landscapes. The fee to enter is $5 per photograph, and the contest winner will be announced on March 1, 2017.

For the 2nd Annual Youth Nature Photography Contest, entries will be accepted from amateur photographers between the ages of 5 and 18 years old, who are encouraged to use a camera, smartphone, or tablet to capture nature and the magical spaces of Mounts Botanical Garden. This contest is FREE to enter, and the winner will be announced on March 1, 2017.

Official rules and entry forms for both contests are available on the Garden’s website (www.Mounts.org). Participants can enter a maximum of three photographs each.

The world-renowned Palm Beach Photographic Center will display the winning images from both contests and will host a special reception honoring the photographers. The Photo Centre is located at the City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.

About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:
With a mission to inspire the public, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden, offering gorgeous displays of tropical and sub-tropical plants, plus informative classes, workshops, and other fun-filled events. The Garden contains more than 2,000 species of plants, including Florida native plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, bromeliads and more. Mounts Botanical Garden is a facility of the Palm Beach County Extension Service, which is in partnership with the University of Florida and the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden.

Located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Mounts Botanical Garden is open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. The suggested donation for entry to the Garden is $5 per person. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.