Earth Day Contest

We've got an exciting 2-part contest happening April 1 - 21 for the upcoming Earth Day holiday. In one part of the contest, you can win prizes. In the other, you can help a deserving Southern Maryland organization win a donation. Get started now!

Part One: The Photo

Part Two: The Vote

CPFCU is committed to keeping Southern Maryland green, healthy and environmentally conscious. For our 2017 Photo Contest, we’d like your photo(s) to answer the question: “How do you help to make SoMD green?” Do you use solar panels? Do you grow milkweed to help the Monarch population? Capture these vibrant moments and express how you’re helping to keep SoMD green!

Along with our Photo Contest, we'll be giving away $500 to the Southern Maryland environmental non-profit organization that you choose! We've hand-picked one organization from each county.  Choose from the Accokeek Foundation, American Chestnut Land Trust, and Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust. Let us know who you think should receive our donation. Read about each of these deserving organizations below.

Accokeek Foundation

Charles County

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For 60 years, the Accokeek Foundation has been a steward of the land. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation interprets the past, present, and future of agriculture and environmental stewardship on 200 acres in Piscataway Park. The Foundation's programs include interdisciplinary school tours for students, living history, sustainable agriculture, heritage breed livestock conservation, natural resource stewardship and land conservation.


The park is open daily to visitors of all ages who enjoy a quiet landscape for recreation and reflection. Annually, thousands of school children visit for farm-based education, learning about environmental stewardship through a historical lens. Thanks to support from donors and members, the Accokeek Foundation provides a natural space for all to enjoy, for generations to come.

American Chestnut Land Trust

Calvert County

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The American Chestnut Land Trust protects the Parkers Creek Preserve for wildlife to live in, for researchers to learn from, for adults to find peace on and for children to be amazed by. We invite you to come share it with us. ACLT is a member-supported, non-profit organization that protects the natural lands, waterways, cultural landmarks and wildlife habitats of the Parkers Creek watershed. The ACLT team of staff and volunteers cares for nearly 3,000 acres of land and maintain 22 miles of trails that are open and free to the public. We also offer opportunities to canoe and explore the pristine creek and its surrounding area.


ACLT’s Double Oak Farm offers earth-friendly farming, display gardens, and a new food forest. Together these projects raise more than 4,000 lbs. of produce annually which is donated to a local food pantry. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.The Parkers Creek Preserve is located between Dares Beach and Port Republic in Calvert County, Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.


Earth Day is more than just a day at ACLT - it's a way of life! Come celebrate Earth Day 2017 with a weekend of activities including the Earth Day 5k Trail Run and Hike on Saturday April 22 and the Earth Day Clean Up on Sunday April 23rd.

Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust

St. Mary's County

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Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation of southern Maryland’s agricultural, forested and open space land in the five tidal counties of the Patuxent River watershed (Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St Mary’s).


PTLT’s mission is to sustain the region’s biodiversity and water resources through a network of protected landscapes; to advance the stewardship of forest and farm lands as vital local and regional economies; to preserve the region’s unique historic and scenic character for resident’s sense of place, visitor’s enjoyment, and prospective newcomer’s attraction; and to guide the pattern of future growth.  To accomplish this mission PTLT acquires (by purchase or donation) land and conservation easements. Land trusts are committed to the protection of land in perpetuity. Every site and every situation is unique. The Trust works with landowners, communities and funders to address needs and circumstances of the present while also seeking to protect the interests of future generations.

Official Rules


The Digital Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States. Board Members, Employees, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.



The Photo Contest is sponsored by Cedar Point Federal Credit Union (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.



The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am EST on April 1, 2017 and ends at 9:00 a.m. EST on April 21, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.



CPFCU is committed to keeping Southern Maryland green, healthy and environmentally conscious. For our 2017 Photo Contest, we’d like your photo(s) to answer the question: “How do you help to make SoMD green?” Do you use solar panels? Do you grow milkweed to help the Monarch population? Are you that guy who sees a recyclable in the trash and moves it to recycling? Capture these vibrant moments and express how you’re helping to keep SoMD green!

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.


Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single "High Dynamic Range" image are acceptable.


Entries should include metadata if at all possible. Caption information should include:

• Location/City (ex: St. Mary’s City, MD)

• Name of location (ex: Maryland Dove ship)

• Detailed caption of subject matter

Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see "Your Rights" below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously upon request.


If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to CPFCU upon request.


The following submissions are ineligible:

• Photographs of pets or domestic animals.

• Images of captive animals photographed in zoos and commercial game farms.

• Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright.

• Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.

• Images that involve the willful harassment of wildlife, or damage to the environment by the photographer.

• Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.

• Images taken more than three years prior to the beginning date of the Contest (April 1, 2017).

CPFCU shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.



All images must be submitted though our photo submission website or through our Facebook photo submission application, including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission.

You can select an image directly from your computer desktop, or submit images from Facebook and Instagram for consideration in the contest. Digital images that are sent via mail or email will not be accepted.

You may enter once per day, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. CPFCU reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo.)



Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to eco-friendliness, the environment and Southern Maryland. Judging will be conducted by a panel of CPFCU employees. The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick one overall winning image.


All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.


CPFCU will notify the winner via the contact information provided at the time of entry.



Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, including proof of age, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.



CPFCU will award the following prize to one overall winner:

• $50 gift card to Wentworth’s Nursery in Charlotte Hall, MD.

• Energy efficient shower head graciously donated by SMECO

• Energy efficient lightbulbs graciously donated by SMECO

• A photo mention in CPFCU’s newsletter.

• Placement on CPFCU’s website.

• Mention on CPFCU’s social media channels.

• Display on in-branch digital screens.


All winners are responsible for paying any income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. If the prize value equals or exceeds $600, a winner will need to complete, sign and return an IRS W-9 form prior the award of any prize. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.



You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit -- including ownership if applicable.

If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant CPFCU a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photo Contest to:

• Display the photograph on the Photo Contest submission website

• Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


If your photograph is formally honored by the competition as a winner or an honorable mention, you grant CPFCU a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

• Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media.

• Use the photograph in CPFCU’s internal and external communications materials including but not limited to web sites and web publications, fact sheets, advertising, multimedia, and newsletter.

• Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for CPFCU-related use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, and the like.

• Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, and state of residence in promotions and other publications.



In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.



By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.



The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, you consent to Sponsor’s use of your name in any list of winners (if applicable) and for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.



Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to

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