Get Your Photos Ready for the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest!

March 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm

After a one-year hiatus – still busy with with our second Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – we are happy to announce our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014!

Submit your favorite pictures of beautiful projects by Earth Day and receive a whopping $100 – a small token of our esteem.


Inaugurated in 2010, we wanted to find a fun way to get our readers involved in honoring Earth Day, so we started the (almost) annual “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest!  But now we’ve added living walls to the mix.

Earth Day is April 22, and This Year’s Theme is Green Cities

Marking what many believe is the beginning of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.  Now in its 44th year, Earth Day promotes ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as encourages awareness of our growing ecological problems.


Earth Day Network is the global organizer behind Earth Day and creates tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community:

“Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.” ~ Earth Day Network


Celebrate Greenroofs & Walls with our Earth Day Photo Contest

All around the globe, people are gearing up to green their cities and communities for Earth Day.  Well, we do that every day with building and promoting living architecture, so why not get some exposure for your favorite project?

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs.  It’s designed to be quick and simple, and basically is a popularity contest among our international readership.  Any and all types of greenroofs or walls are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo (or two) and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite photo! We’ll be keeping everyone updated on the number of votes for each project on our Facebook page.

Each planted roof or wall needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us that it’s a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers!  Show it in context with its site.

Yes, it has to be a gorgeous photo of a spectacular greenroof or greenwall, but remember that this is a popularity contest, too!

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof owner or the designers of record.  And voting is open to everyone, so tell your friends to vote for your submission.

What do I have to do to enter the contest or vote?

Like us on Facebook first and then follow the directions to submit your photo(s).  We are finalizing the set-up, so start gathering your pics now and watch for an update post next week.  Check out previous winners here.


Join by sharing your awesome photos of greenroofs and walls with our community to help inspire awareness of and appreciation for our Earth’s environment – and maybe get $100 to spend on your favorite Spring project!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Enter the 2011 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest!

April 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

This year marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, and there are tons of events planned on and around April 22 to raise global awareness about the environment – I say let’s celebrate the entire month of April!

Last year our inaugural “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest was a lot of fun and a big success!  We had a great response with 30 contest entries (see the Top 10 here) and over 1,500 votes for our readers’ favorite greenroof.   We’re pleased to offer it again in celebration of Earth Day 2011:

What is it?

The Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest is a great way to create interest in beautiful living rooftop architecture and highlight some outstanding designs.  It’s designed to be quick, simple, and fun, and is basically is a popularity contest among our international readership. Any and all types of greenroofs are eligible, any place on Earth.

Submit a photo and your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite greenroof!  This year we’ll be using Facebook to post entries and track votes plus keeping everyone updated on our Facebook page.  The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof owner or the designers of record. And voting is open to everyone, too, as many times as you like – but only once per day – so tell your friends to vote for your submission!

Here’s an example for inspiration, although you can certainly vote for it, too:

When is it?

Photo Submission Dates: April 8 – 22, 2011
Voting Dates: Earth Day, April 8 – April 29, 2011
Announcement of Winner: April 30, 2011

What do I have to do to enter the contest?

First, you’ll have to be our Fan on Facebook.

Then read the Official Rules, and click on the “Submit an entry” tab and follow the directions: Post your photo – remember this is a photo contest and it should be gorgeous!  In the caption field, start with the Project Name and Location.  Tell us how this roof is a living example of loving the Earth to let everyone know why they should vote for this particular greenroof project photo.  Make sure to credit the photographer if it’s not yours (also make sure you have permission).  Then tell your friends!

The project doesn’t have to be listed in The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, but we’d love to have it included so people can read more about it.  (For example, see the Heinz 57 Center/Gimbels Building Restoration profile here.) Check to see if one already exists, and if not, you can use the online submittal form here, or just send us info and up to 11 photos and/or graphics to


~ You can enter as often as you wish, but only one photo per project for the Contest (send more photos and project description for the blog post if you win or the Projects Database profile).
~ Entries must be color digital images, and less than 5 megabytes in size.
~ It has to be a real vegetated roof project, and no graphics or Photoshopping!
~ You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.  Didn’t take the photo yourself? Make sure you check for any copyright issues – we’re not liable!  Send us written permission from the copyright holder if it’s not yours.
~ State the date photo was taken or at least the year.
~ Don’t break any laws or bones while taking the photos!
~ And, obviously, by submitting the photo you agree to its being published.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.  The winner will have “their” project highlighted on as an upcoming Greenroof Project of the Week and we’ll feature you in a Sky Gardens interview so you can really tell us more about this living roof and why you love it so much.

And, as a humble token of our esteem, the winner will also receive $100.

Last year, although it didn’t win (ESRI Canada’s Garden in the Sky did), we featured the absolutely stunning Longdrive in Long Eddy, NY on the cover of our Greenroofs and Walls of the World™ Calendar – and once again, we’ll choose one of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Photo Contest photos for the 2012 Calendar cover – that’s some high profile free advertising!

Can I post the same project as last year?


How do I vote?

It’s easy – just hit the Vote now button at the bottom of the page.  To vote for your favorites, click “Comment to vote.”  Your comment is your vote for that entry!

Get Going!

Start submitting, good luck, and start telling your friends now! Vote for your favorite on the Love the Earth, Plant a Roof! Voting Page on Facebook.  What better way to love the Earth than by celebrating ways to tread more lightly, like with living roofs?

Happy Greening for the Earth:  for the month of April, Earth Day, and every day!

~ Linda V.