SUBURBAN NEWS (August 2, 2012) — On the heels of last summer’s successful photo contest, which saw local residents search for the world’s most beautiful hummingbirds, R&S Landscaping announced today that the subject of this year’s contest will not be wildlife, but children.

R&S is launching the Little Gardeners Summer Photo Contest, which gives local residents the opportunity to submit photographs of children tending to the garden.

“In past years we’ve been extremely impressed with all of the magnificent wildlife photos we received, and thought we’d try something a little different this time around,” stated Robert Schucker, president of R&S Landscaping. “Teaching the next generation a love for the garden and a healthy environment will leave an impact that will live well beyond our lifetime; by making “Little Gardeners” the theme of our photo contest, we hope to encourage children and parents alike to connect with nature.”

From July 9 through August 31, individuals can submit photographs snapped of children in the garden for a chance to win the first place prize: four free passes to Mountain Creek Water Park in Vernon, NJ. The second place winner will receive a pair of gardening books that detail perennial care and garden design.

Children should be between the ages of 0-12 who are actively learning, experiencing, or tending to a garden. Children do not have to be your own, but you do need to have the rights to the photo, and permission to use the child’s image.

“This is a great summertime project that’s fun and parents can make educational for the entire family,” said Schucker. “Kids and adults can learn about flower or vegetable gardening and improve their photography skills in the process. We look forward to viewing all of the entries.”

Submissions should include the photographer’s name, town, a short story behind the picture, and a signed minor release form that can be found on the R&S website. Submissions can be sent via e-mail to info@rscape.com. R&S will require written permission by the child’s parent or guardian in order for the photograph to be officially submitted into the contest.

All submissions will be posted on R&S Landscaping’s Facebook page, and members of the R&S team will select the best photograph. The winners will be announced in early September, and the winning photographs will be posted on the company’s website, www.rscape.com.