Monday, April 11, 2011

Calling all photographers!

EPA is launching a State of the Environment Photo Project!

"In the spirit of Earth Day, help us capture images of the state of the environment today. Submit your best photo of the environment you experience: where you live or where you travel. While there is much cause for celebration, there is still work to do and what better way to show it than through all of our lenses? What makes this year stand out for such a project?

After 40 years of greater environmental awareness and protection since EPA opened its doors, how far have we come? Your submitted photos will be considered for a 2011 environmental time capsule. The selected photos will be displayed alongside the 1970s collection of the very same idea.

From 1971 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s. The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series. 4,000 of those images can be viewed here.

Starting Friday April 15, 2011, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ll feature recently chosen photos on EPA’s homepage. A collection of the selected images will be maintained to mark this snapshot of history. Stay tuned for an Earth Day 2012 exhibit venue!"

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