We asked Marylanders to show their Chesapeake Bay pride and they delivered! The Chesapeake Bay Trust, a non-profit grantmaking organization dedicated to restoring the Chesapeake Bay, launched a contest this summer asking Marylanders to get outside and take a picture with their Treasure the Chesapeake license plate at creative places. Entries ranged from interesting locations to unusual license plate numbers, but in the end, three great Bay plate photos were selected as finalists to be voted on by the public.
“The Chesapeake Bay means so much to all of us and purchasing a Bay plate is an easy way to show your support for this amazing natural resource,” said Molly Alton Mullins, director of communications for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “We launched this contest to provide an opportunity for Marylanders to show their love for the Bay by taking pictures of their plate at creative locations around the region. The photos we received back were amazing!”
The three finalists took pictures of their Bay plate in different ways at varying locations. Thien Le of Germantown, Md. submitted a picture of a Bay plate surrounded by wild horses while on a camping trip at Assateague Island National Seashore. Matt Geldmacher, of Annapolis, Md., showcased his Bay pride on a racecar at a drifting event in New Jersey. The last finalist, Connie Michael of Pasadena, Md., recreated the iconic characters of the Andy Griffith Show by the Patapsco River with the help of her son and grandson.
Voting for the contest is now open at www.bayplate.org and will end on September 18. The official winner will be announced on September 22 and there are multiple chances to win prizes. There will be two grand prize winners; one whose picture is chosen as the best Bay plate photo and the other who will be a randomly selected voter who selected the winning photo. Grand prize winners will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon.com, tickets to the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s 16th Annual Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration gala, as well as other great prizes. The winner will also have their prize-winning photograph featured in the Trust’s 2013 Annual Report. There are also fantastic giveaways for the runner-ups and randomly chosen participants daily throughout the contest. Visit www.bayplate.org to see the official rules and prizes.
“Lots of people might not know that Bay plates not only look great on their car, but are helping restore the Chesapeake Bay,” continued Alton Mullins. “Proceeds from the Bay plate are directed to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit organization that funds environmental education and restoration programs throughout Maryland communities. Thanks to Bay plate purchasers, the Trust is able to support programs that get kids outside, clean up trash, restore shorelines and plant trees all over Maryland.”
If you do not have a Bay plate currently on your vehicle, you can order one online easily at www.bayplate.org. (The plates will be mailed directly to your home.) For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Trust and how you can support Bay restoration, visit www.cbtrust.org. To enter the contest and for its official rules, visit www.bayplate.org.