Arden Hosting Crocus Photo Contest

The town and rural municipality that bears the title “Crocus Capital of Manitoba” invites Manitobans to enter a photo contest they’re hosting as part of their community’s celebrations to mark the annual bloom of the provinicial floral emblem.

This is the 10th year the village of Arden and surrounding R. M. of Landsdowne, known for its extensive bloom of wild crocus, will host a one-day Crocus Festival on May 1.

It’s a day to promote their village and the region’s natural heritage which includes this still-extensive range of wild crocus, says local photographer and writer John Dietz. Family fun activities are planned for the day.

This is the second year Arden will also host a photography contest to coincide with the festival and invites all Manitobans to submit their best crocus images, preferably captured this year or last. A grand prize of $50 and a $30 second prize will be awarded to winning entries and the two prize-winning photos will be published in the Manitoba Co-operator.

They’ll display all the entries on the walls of the village hall on festival day, said Dietz. “We’d love to have the walls covered with hundreds of entries,” he said.

The deadline to submit photos is Friday, April 23.

Prints a minimum of 5 x 7 inches or larger are accepted and can be sent to Attn: Crocus Photo Contest, Arden, Man. R0J 0B0.

The photo contest cannot accept digital images because there is no means of processing them into prints for the hall display.

There is no cost to enter the contest and one individual can submit multiple entries.

Entry forms and more information are available online at[email protected]

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Lorraine Stevenson

Lorraine Stevenson is a reporter and photographer for the Manitoba Co-operator with 25 years experience writing news and features. She was previously a reporter with the Farmers Independent Weekly and has also written for community newspapers in Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake.



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