Geosciences hosts photo contest

The Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University is celebrating Earth Science week with an photo contest open to anyone. Since October 1998, the American Geological Institute has organized Earth Science week to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the earth.

"Photos can be submitted in five categories: geology, pollution, weather, water or ecology," said Dr. John Heinrichs, chair of FHSU's Department of Geosciences. "All you have to do is take a digital photograph relevant to one or more of the catagories."

Contestants are limited to one entry per category per person--five photos total.

Photos must be accompanied by the full name of the photographer, address, telephone number, e-mail address, submission category, photograph date, geographic lattitude and longitude coordinates of the photo locations, description of the photograph and how it illustrates or signifies the category concept.

The latitude and longitude are easy to find using a GPS unit, placemarking a site on or using a manual map.

Judging will be based on the ability of the photograph to capture the viewer's interest and illustrate the category concept, on the scientifically accurate description of the feature of the photograph and on the composition and aesthetics of the photograph.

"Cool prizes will be awarded for the best photo in each category and the overall best photo," said Heinrichs.

Photos can be submitted beginning Oct. 20. The deadline is noon Monday, Oct. 23. Winners will be announced on the geosciences Web site on Oct. 27.

More details and an eletronic submission form are available at along with links to other Earth Science Week activites and websites.

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