Benicia's Annual Tree Challenge - 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 WINNERS!

Marissa Kephart and Kaitlyn Tang


 

The 2014 Tree Challenge required contestants to submit a six word caption along with a photo of a tree in Benicia to become eligible to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The contest is open annually to any middle or high school student residing in Benicia. 

We had many incredible entries this year! Scroll down to see the entries.


2014 WINNER - HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

submitted by Marissa Kephart


 

 

2014 WINNER - MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

submitted by Kaitlyn Tang


 

MORE ENTRIES FROM 2014

 

Submitted by Augustina Apocada

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Katie Voss

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PAST WINNERS

2013 WINNERS - Mara Guerin and Rachel Kravitz



 

2012 WINNERS - Megan Klein and Lindsey Rainer!

Tree Challenge Winners 2012

 

 

From Earth to sky, life grows

"From Earth to sky, life grows."

by Lindsey Rainer

 


 

Part of life, part of hearts

"Part of Life, Part of Hearts."

by Megan Klein

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2014 TREE CHALLENGE CONTEST DETAILS

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Any student residing in Benicia and attending a school (6th through 12th grade – Benicia Unified School District or a private school) in Benicia is eligible to participate.

PHOTOGRAPH

Choose a tree in Benicia that is meaningful to you. It could be a tree in your backyard, your neighborhood, at a park, or one you set out to discover for this project. Just make sure it’s located in the City of Benicia.

Photograph your tree.

Any camera, any format, any size will do. Use your cell phone camera, a point-and-shoot, or professional equipment. Compose your photo any way you’d like – photograph the entire tree, or just a detail. Choose your favorite photo to submit.  The photo should be inserted into a Word doc or PDF file with your six word caption included on the document.

All entries must be original photos taken by the student.

Each person may submit only one entry.

WRITE

Tell us why this tree is important to you in a six-word story -- no more, no less! Be literal, be poetic, or be metaphorical, but please use precisely six words. Inspire us about what inspires you about this tree (or trees). There are many websites featuring six-word stories; for example: http://www.dbrl.org/6words. Here are a couple of examples from this website: Trees at every home so far” and “I miss mountains, but love trees.” See also examples of past winners posted above.

This annual tree challenge was inspired by the artist Angela Filo and her project “Palo Alto Forest,” sponsored by the Palo Alto Art Center, and Canopy. We are grateful for receiving Angela’s blessing to use her project as the inspiration for our annual tree challenge.

For some great examples of what we are looking for (photos + text), visit the Palo Alto Forest online gallery by clicking here.

SUBMIT

Included in your email:

1. Your entry as an attachment (Word Doc or PDF file). The document should be 8.5 x 11 in size and should include your text caption, either at the top or bottom of the page.

2. Your first and last name. Also provide your:

  • Age
  • Grade level:
  • School attending:
  • Name of a teacher or mentor (if there is a teacher or mentor that guided you or encouraged you on your project--we intend to honor them, if they are credited by you.

3. We do plan to share your work on our website and in future publications. Please review the following statement along with a parent or legal guardian, regarding the usage of your photos and text:

By submitting a photograph, I (parent or legal guardian) authorize the Benicia Tree Foundation to use, reproduce, alter, and / or publish the photos and accompanying text for incorporation into media used by the Benicia Tree Foundation. On behalf of my child, I relinquish all control over the images and waive any right to assert a claim against the Benicia Tree Foundation in connection with the use of the photos and accompanying text. I recognize that the Benicia Tree Foundation shall own all rights in any artwork or media that incorporates photos or text covered under this authorization.

Signed: (INSERT NAME OF PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN HERE)

Provide Parent or Legal Guardian Information

Name:

Email:

Phone number:

Please copy and paste the above statement and information into your email along with the other requested information.

 4. Send email to info@beniciatrees.org. Please type “2014 Annual Tree Challenge” into the subject header of the email. Please also leave a message on our voice mail at 707-745-4546 informing us of your submission, to be sure we receive it (we don't want your entry to get caught in a spam filter!). We will send you a confirmation that your entry has been received. Questions? Click here to email us.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

GRAND PRIZE

Benicia Tree Foundation will be awarding TWO Samsung Galaxy tablets to the winners in this contest, one from each age group (middle school, high school). The winners will be chosen by a committee composed of leaders in the Benicia Community. Names of the participants or other identifying information will not be included when the judges review the entries to maintain objectivity.

Winning applicants must be present at Benicia’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in City Park in order to win. The award announcements will be made at 11:30 am. Winners will receive awards from City Officials and will be photographed with their winning entries. Winners will receive a Samsung Galaxy tablet.