Flowering trees are focus of Fairfield County photo contest

“Magnolia Tree” by Leonard Ames, one of last year’s photo contest winners.
“Magnolia Tree” by Leonard Ames, one of last year’s photo contest winners.

The Norwalk Tree Alliance is holding its second annual photo contest, devised to capture the spring vitality and splendor of flowering trees in Fairfield County.

Photos will be displayed at the Connecticut Tree Festival in Norwalk’s Cranbury Park on Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Residents of Fairfield County of any age are eligible to submit entries, one per contestant. Only photos taken in the county qualify. Images may be in color or black-and-white.

Must show tree in flower

Photos should be submitted on 8-by10 photographic grade paper in uncreased condition. They can depict the tree at any time of the year but must show the tree in flower.

All entries must include the name of the photographer, street address, telephone number and email address, the location of the tree and the date the photo was taken.

Submissions become the property of the alliance and will not be returned.

Deadline for entries

As sponsor of the photo contest, the Norwalk Tree Alliance plans to display the entries at its booth on the midway at Cranbury Park and award prizes for the images, selecting a first, second and third.

Dan Landau, president of the alliance, heads the panel of judges.

Photos should be submitted to the Customer Service Center in Room 224 at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Ave., no later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Additional information Is available at ntact@ymail.com or by calling 203-847-1600.

Entertainment, activities, education

The festival is a family-oriented outing, crammed with entertainment and activities like a treasure hunt, face-painting, a tree-rope climb, a sweep of the tree tops in cherry-picker, and exhibits to promote the ecology and the value of trees as natural resources that enhance the quality of life in Connecticut.

The festival takes place rain or shine and is free, including admission, parking and picnic-style lunch.

Up to 40 organizations are typically represented in the festival. The day showcases an array of environmentally-oriented exhibits and offers demonstrations in urban tree care by accredited arborists who offer technical expertise free of charge and will, for example, identify the tree in your backyard if you bring in a leaf or twig.

Additional information available by contacting the city of Norwalk Customer Service Center at 203-854-3200 or customerservice@norwalkct.org.