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Photographers have the opportunity to have their photos displayed in a calendar as part of the 11th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower Roadsides in Bloom calendar photo contest.

Entries may be submitted until Oct. 3.

In the contest, which is sponsored by the West Virginia departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation, judges look for the best photographs of West Virginia's wildflowers.

Twelve winners will be selected and a grand prize winner's photo will be displayed on the calendar cover, according to the West Virginia DEP.

The release lists the following rules for the contest: entries must be submitted as an 8x10 color print and must be landscape orientation; people should submit a digital copy on a CD at the same time; flowers must be growing along a West Virginia road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo; flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways; pictures of cultivated species in arranged beds, such as marigolds or pansies, do not qualify; name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available) and a short description of the photo, including location and county where the photo was taken must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the back photo; no more than three entries per person may be submitted; one winning photo will be selected from any photographer's entries; and finally, winners will be required to submit a digital copy of the photo.

Entries should be mailed to WV Operation Wildflower, Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest, WV Department of Environmental Protection/REAP, 601 57th St., S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.