Environment

This contest lets you take pictures and help the environment all at the same time

The photo contest winners will receive a cash prize, while all entries will be on display at Dade Heritage Trust’s headquarters, an official Miami visitor’s center, at 190 SE 12 Terr. in Brickell.
The photo contest winners will receive a cash prize, while all entries will be on display at Dade Heritage Trust’s headquarters, an official Miami visitor’s center, at 190 SE 12 Terr. in Brickell.

A picture says a thousand words and in this upcoming exhibit, they’re all about the environment.

Dade Heritage Trust, in partnership with Million Trees Miami and TREEmendous Miami, is having its first-ever photo contest in an effort to raise awareness about the dwindling number of trees in Miami-Dade County.

“It’s so crazy, Miami, a place where trees grow year round, we have one of the lowest percent of tree canopies of any major U.S. city,” executive director Chris Rupp said.

The trust, Miami-Dade County’s largest preservation organization, began as a grassroots organization in 1972 to save and protect the county’s historic buildings. Today, its mission has expanded to preserve not only the community’s architectural heritage, but the environmental and cultural, as well.

The contest and exhibit both aim to raise awareness about the lack of tree canopy in Miami, partially caused by rapid development and transportation demands, she said. Tree canopies are essential for providing shade and habitats for animals. The roots can even help with heavy rainfall, she said.

“Obviously that would have been good on Brickell a couple days a go,” she laughed.

The photo contest winners will receive at least $500 in cash, while all entries will be on display at Dade Heritage Trust’s headquarters, an official Miami visitor’s center, at 190 SE 12 Terr. in Brickell. The contest, sponsored by Tropical Treescapes, Leica Camera and Miami Photo Workshops, will end Sept. 1 and the exhibit will open 6 p.m. Oct. 5.

“We want to emphasize the importance of trees for a healthy, happy and beautiful Miami,” Rupp said.

To participate:

Interested participants must fill out the registration form and submit to chris@dadeheritagetrust.org or send to Chris Rupp at 190 SE 12 Terr., Miami, FL 33131.

Registration is $35 to cover the cost of printing for the exhibition.

Visit dadeheritagetrust.org or call 305-358-9572 for additional information.

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