Louisiana nature photographers will have an opportunity to show off their work and earn recognition if their photos are selected for the LSU AgCenter's 2009 Get It Growing calendar.

LSU AgCenter faculty members will select approximately 40 photographs for the calendar, according to Elma Sue McCallum, the project's coordinator.

“The calendar will feature information on what to do for beautiful and lush lawns and gardens according to climate zones in the state,” McCallum said.

A dozen of the photos selected for the 2009 calendar will be featured as full-page, full-bleed, four-color images for each monthly page in the calendar, and one will be used on the cover, McCallum said. The rest will be used throughout the calendar.

Photographers whose work is chosen for the monthly pages will receive 10 copies of the published calendar, and their names will be included with their photos in the calendar, she said. Other photographers will be listed as contributing photographers and will receive two copies of the published calendar.

Submissions must be high-resolution digital images on CDs, transparencies or 8-inch-by-10-inch enlargements with the photographer's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address attached, McCallum said. All images must be the original work of the photographer submitting the image.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 29, 2008, and the entry form is available online at www.lsuagcenter.com/GetItGrowing. Entries must be mailed to Elma Sue McCallum, LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA 70894.

Photographers who would like to have their images returned must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

The 2008 edition of the calendar, which is designed as part of the LSU AgCenter's popular Get It Growing educational campaign on home lawns and gardens, is being sold now.

An online link to order the calendar is at www.lsuagcenter.com/GetItGrowingCalendar. It also is available through a variety of bookstores, garden centers and gift shops throughout the state.

Proceeds from calendar sales help support the LSU AgCenter's horticultural research and educational programs, as well as scholarships for horticulture students. Established in 2007, an endowment for the Get It Growing Horticulture Scholarship supports an annual award to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student enrolled in the horticulture curriculum at LSU.

For more information, contact McCallum at (225) 578-2462 or visit the LSU AgCenter Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com.