March Photo Challenge Theme: Let's Go Green

Spring is just around the corner, so for the month of March, Let's Go Green!  The word green is closely related to the old English verb "growan," which means "to grow." Maybe that is why saying someone is "green" or a "greenhorn" indicates they are new, young, or inexperienced.

The color green carries with it lots of conceptual associations that you can try to capture in your photos. For instance, someone who works well with plants is said to have a "green thumb." Somebody who's jealous is "green with envy." In the US, the color green often evokes the idea of money, wealth, and even capitalism -- since historically all US dollars have been green, thus the slang term "greenback."

Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope, growth, love, life, rebirth, and even immortality. In others, it is associated with misfortune, sickness, death, or even devilry and evil for its association with faeries of early English folklore. Its most common associations, however, remain with its ties to nature.

Which is likely why green has become the symbolic color of environmental protection and social justice. It seems everywhere you turn, there's a new advertising campaign talking about something "green."

So March's photo challenge theme is: Let's Go Green.

You can shoot the green salad on your dinner plate or the box turtle at the zoo. Or you can work on something more conceptual, like a person with a "green thumb." The interpretation is up to you.  Just be sure to provide a good clear description.  The more conceptual you get, the more important the description becomes.

And, of course, Saint Patrick's Day is March 17. Mark it on your calendar and be sure to take your camera that day -- the one day of the year you won't have any trouble finding something green.

You are invited to participate in our March "Let's Go Green" challenge. Submissions are due by 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 24th.  You can submit your photos by clicking on the "Enter to Win" tab on our website:

Look for a list of February winners in next week's Photo Tip.

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