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The Buzzards Bay Coalition is celebrating the 2020 holiday season with an online contest to highlight the beauty and abundance of our region’s lands, waters, and wildlife.

            Through the “Grateful, Thankful, and Glad Photo Contest,” residents are encouraged to share up to three photographs of a favorite place on Buzzards Bay or within its watershed area. The watershed encompasses 18 communities from Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole on the coast, as far north as Freetown, and as far east as parts of Carver and Plymouth.

            “In a year in which we’ve faced so many challenges, our outdoor spaces have been a constant source of peace, relaxation, and recreation,” said Mark Rasmussen, president of the Coalition. “It seems fitting to celebrate the incredible open spaces that Buzzards Bay communities have protected and preserved over the years. The contest is an opportunity to reflect on all that we have and recommit everyone to the need to continue to protect it.”

            Six winners will be selected at random for a gift of Buzzards Bay Coalition swag. Winners choose from cold weather beanies, baseball caps with a favorite Bay location stitched on the back, long-sleeve t-shirts, and water bottles, as well as one of our famous “Save the Bay” bumper stickers. Winners will be announced Wednesday, December 16.

            There is no cost to participate. To enter, individuals should “follow” the Coalition (@savebuzzardsbay) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and share a photo of a favorite place in the Buzzards Bay region via social media by midnight on Saturday, December 12. The photo can be a landscape or waterscape, a closeup of some wonder or image of people at play on the Bay or in the watershed lands surrounding it. The entry should include where the photo was taken and why it’s a favorite place.

            Photos should be submitted either as a public post that includes a tag of the Coalition or as a social media story that is then sent as a screenshot via social media messaging to the Coalition. Participants are limited to three entries.

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