Contest Details & Instructions
Step 1: Photograph the tree
Photograph the tree before the pods have fallen from the tree, although preferably after leaves have dropped. Include the entire tree within the photo. Prior to taking the photo, tack a standard 8.5x11" piece of white paper to the tree trunk (our scale reference). Use the highest resolution camera that you have access to.
Step 2: Collect 25 pods
Once the pods have fallen from the tree, collect 25 representative, dried (brown), whole pods off the ground and put them into one or more plastic grocery bags. The pods should be collected as soon as possible after they fall to the ground to prevent damage from animals. Be sure to choose a representative sample of pods - not the 25 largest! If possible, please also count the total number of pods that fell from the tree, as this will help demonstrate how impressive your tree is!
Step 3: Fill out & print the entry form
Fill out the official contest entry form HERE, which includes basic information about you and the tree. You will be able to upload the tree photo here as well. This form will be submitted to us digitally, and you will receive a copy via email. Print a paper copy of your emailed entry to include with your pods.
Step 4: Ship your pods & entry form to us
Place your bag(s) of pods and entry form into a strudy cardboard box. Ship your entry to us at:
Attn: Honey Locust Contest
1360 Regent St. #124
Madison, WI 53715
IMPORTANT: If submitting multiple trees/entries, ship each entry separately, using a different box for each. This will ensure that pods from different trees do not mix in transit.