Submit your best nature pictures in the Capture the Beauty of the Earth photo contest to be featured at the event! Plus: Enjoy refreshments, wine, a raffle, and more

By guest bloggers Susan Magnano and Michael Malandra, owners of Photour Adventures

Harriman water flow, by Michael Malandra

Harriman water flow, by Michael Malandra

Photour Adventures is celebrating Earth Day at the Elements Gallery in Suffern, N.Y., on Friday, April 22, and we want you to join us! We will showcasing entries in our Capture the Beauty of Earth photo contest, and raffling off prizes from local businesses to fundraise for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at 14 Lafayette Ave. in Suffern. Light refreshments and wine, compliments of Torne Valley Vineyards, will be served.

Michael Malandra and Susan Magnano, owners of Photour Adventures, hosts workshops that "put the adventure back in photography."

Michael Malandra and Susan Magnano, owners of Photour Adventures, host workshops that “put the adventure back in photography.”

Before the event, we are inviting local photo enthusiasts to enter the contest. The challenge: Capture the Beauty of the Earth. Entries will be digitally featured at the Gallery during our Earth Day event, and everyone in attendance will be able to vote for their favorites.

There are three categories in the photo contest: Viewer’s Choice, Best in Show, and Best by a Young Photographer (younger than 18 years old). Prizes include a $250 full day Photour Adventure workshop, $175 young adult Photour Adventure workshop, and a 12×18 matted print of their work.

To enter, send a high resolution image (300dpi) with a title, contact name, phone number, and email address to PhotourAdventures@gmail.com. All images must be submitted by Sunday, April 17.

We will be raffling off great prizes from the Trail Conference, Campmor, Mia’s Kitchen, Ole Ole, and many more.

Photour Adventures will continue celebrating Earth Day with a Harriman State Park Photography Workshop on Sunday, April 24, and a Ringwood State Park Photography Workshop on Friday, May 6. We invite amateur and professional photographers to join us on our adventures, where we will go to amazing locations and teach you how to work the light and your equipment to capture the beauty around you. For more information, visit www.PhotourAdventures.com.