February 2, 2012- The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise® Communities Program announces its first Firewise Calendar Photo Contest and invites photo enthusiasts to submit their favorite, original photographs of Firewise plants in their natural habitat. Winning entries will be displayed in the 2013 Firewise calendar. The contest runs from February 3, 2012 through March 16, 2012.
One of the primary principles of the Firewise program involves creating a Firewise landscape around a house by using less flammable vegetation and keeping plants, grasses, shrubs and trees well-hydrated and maintained, which helps protect the home from widlfire.
The calendar will serve as a resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and maintenance by highlighting a different plant, shrub or grass, along with its name, a description, growth pattern and area of origin, from various regions across the country that can be used to both beautify a home’s landscape and help resist embers from a wildfire.
Entrants may submit up to 10 unique and original photos of Firewise plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses found in their region. To create a visually exciting and informative calendar, each photo should highlight the plant in its natural setting. A total of 14 photos will be selected representing each month, and the back and front covers. The winners will be announced March 23, 2012.
More information about the contest and the process for submitting photos can be found on the rules page of the Firewise website. Additional resources and tips on Firewise landscaping and fire-resistant plants found in your area can also be found on the website, in the “Information and Resources” section.
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. Firewise is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.