Deadline extended to July 1, 2021!

You can enter in three categories: Farms of South Carolina, Backyard Gardens in South Carolina, and The Joy of Local Food (This category must depict people enjoying local food.). Each person can enter up to three photos, but no more than one photo in each category, and each entry requires a separate entry form. Anyone 18 years old or older can enter. The deadline for entries is July 1, 2021.

A panel of local celebrity judges will select one winner in each category. Winners will be announced on or around  July 14, 2021 and their photographs will be featured in the Fall 2021 Coastal Conservation League Magazine. They also will receive a bag of GrowFood Carolina and Coastal Conservation League merchandise, four free weekly produce boxes, and two tickets to GrowFood Carolina’s 10th anniversary celebration on October 10, 2021. See official rules here.

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    GrowFood Carolina 10th Anniversary Photo Contest official rules

    1. The contest is free to enter.
    2. All photos must be taken in the state of South Carolina.
    3. Photos must be 6 MB or smaller.
    4. The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
    5. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel.
    6. Entries will be judged by a panel selected by GrowFood Carolina and the Coastal Conservation League. All decisions are final.
    7. GrowFood Carolina and the Coastal Conservation League reserve the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
    8. By entering the contest, entrants confirm that they are submitting images they own and have taken.
    9. People must be 18 years old or older to enter.
    10. Each individual can enter up to three photos, one in each category. But an individual can only win in one category.
    11. By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by GrowFood Carolina and the Coastal Conservation League for their magazine and other print and digital publications, and for advertising purposes.
    12. Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.

    Local Celebrity Judges

    WiBi Ashley, Chef and Holistic Food Practitioner

    Chef WiBi Ashley is a holistic food practitioner who received her Raw/Living Plant-Based Food Chef Certification and Detox and Cleanse Certification from Sunfired Culinary Institute in El Valle De Anton, Panama under the guidance of Master Raw Food Chef Dr. Aris LaTham. She was Dr. Aris’ understudy for several years, learning how to detoxify and heal the body with living plant-based foods, juice remedies, herbal tonics, and brews. She also holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Technical Writing from N.C. A&T State University. She is a natural health activist, a motivational speaker, and the CEO of Oisphere: Art and Remedies Wellness in Charleston, SC. She is a natural healer and an expert at using fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, sea vegetables, legumes, and herbs to create healthy recipes designed to promote healing and overall wellness for the body, mind, and soul.

    Charlotte Caldwell, Author and Photographer

    Charlotte is the author and photographer of five nonfiction books whose subject matter ranges from nature and childhood to oral history and preservation. Her work includes The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us. Her books and photography have won multiple awards and recognitions. She grew up on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where she was introduced to nature through total immersion. As a young adult, she learned to record nature’s beauty through a film camera, and spent hours exploring the magic of developing images in a darkroom. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, and holds master’s degrees in environmental studies and education, both of which continue to inform her perspectives about the world, the environment, and ways to share those insights with others. Visit her website to view some of her work.

    Hanna Raskin, Food Editor and Chief Critic at The Post and Courier

    Hanna is a James Beard Award-winning food writer who gets calls every Christmas about her graduate thesis on Jews and Chinese food. She is also the author of Yelp Help and a frequent contributor to Garden & Gun. In 2018, she was elected president of the Association of Food Journalists.

    Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture

    Hugh Weathers has been serving as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Agriculture since September 2004. Under his leadership, the Department has created the Certified SC Grown branding program to help consumers easily identify and purchase South Carolina products, while increasing market opportunities for farmers across the state. In 2009, Commissioner Weathers introduced the 50 by 20 goal to grow the economic impact of South Carolina agribusiness (agriculture and forestry) from $34 billion to $50 billion by the year 2020.

    Under his guidance, the Department has also introduced the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), an industry-driven ag research initiative that seeks to provide additional economic prosperity for SC agribusiness from within the state and from across the globe. ACRE houses a unique research platform devoted to addressing specific challenges for industries that can provide more market opportunities to South Carolina agribusinesses and farmers.

    The Commissioner serves on numerous local, state, and national agricultural, business, economic development, and banking committees and boards. Commissioner Weathers considers it a privilege to serve the citizens of South Carolina and to lead our state’s largest industry—agribusiness.