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U.S. Wheat Associates announces themed calendar photo contest

U.S. Wheat Associates invites anyone who is part of the U.S. wheat industry to submit photographs for possible use in its 2010 calendar. The winning photographers will receive $100 each from USW. This year, USW is looking for non-commercial photographs that illustrate the theme "The Wheat You Want from Producers You Can Depend On." Entries must be submitted to USW by Aug. 1.

"This theme is part of our current international promotion campaign designed to link wheat producers more closely to the product," says to Steve Mercer, USW Director of Communications. "We think producing a calendar that reinforces the theme adds fun to the campaign and will help educate international wheat buyers about the quality, advantages, and reliability of our crop."

Here is additional information for entries:

--Photographs will be selected based on how well they illustrate the theme, "The Wheat You Want from Producers You Can Depend On," quality, composition, and general appeal.

--Original prints are welcome, but please include the negative, too. To prevent permanent damage, do not use paper clips to fasten anything to the prints or negatives and protect your photos from bending in the mail.

--Digital images are also welcome, as long as the images are made at the highest quality resolution setting ("Fine" or "Raw") with a four mega-pixel camera or higher. Digital images must be saved as "eps," "tif" or "jpeg" files and burned to a compact disk that is compatible with a PC. Remember to mail CDs in a padded envelope. E-mail entries cannot be accepted.

--USW will own all rights to the selected photographs. If people are clearly featured in the photo, the photographer must obtain consent from each person shown before submitting their photos. By submitting such photos, the photographer confirms and represents he or she has received that consent. Materials will not be returned.

--Entries postmarked before Aug. 1, should be mailed to Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates, 3103 10th Street North, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201, 202-263-0999.

U.S. Wheat Associates is the industry's market development organization working in more than 90 countries on behalf of America's wheat producers. The activities of U.S. Wheat Associates are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions and through cost-share funding provided by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information, visit www.uswheat.org or contact your state wheat commission.

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