The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is accepting photo entries to appear in the 2017 edition of the Operation Wildflower \u201cRoadsides in Bloom\u201d calendar. The deadline to enter photos in the contest is Oct. 1. The contest is a joint project of the WVDEP and West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT).\r\nThere are several requirements that must be met for the entry to be accepted: photographs must be taken in West Virginia. Entries must be submitted as 8\u201dx10\u201d color prints and must be landscape orientation (portrait orientation will not be accepted). Each entry must also include a digital copy on a CD, DVD or flash drive submitted with the color print. Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. The flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the WVDOT\u2019s Division of Highways staff. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not qualify.\r\nName, address, phone number and e-mail address (if applicable) of entrant and a short description of the photo, including location and county where photo was taken, must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos become property of the WVDEP and will not be returned. No more than three entries per person will be accepted. However, only one winning photo will be selected from any photographer\u2019s entries. Twelve winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover.\r\nEntries for the 2017 calendar contest should be mailed to: WV Operation Wildflower, Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection\/REAP, 601 57th Street, S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.