Shooting Challenge: Spring

I know. Technically, your home may still be buried under 40 feet of snow. But tomorrow is the first day of spring, and doggone it, we're going to photograph it!

The Challenge

Take a photo of the first moments of spring.

The Technique

The world is thawing. The trees are budding. Somewhere. Really. Look closely enough, and you'll see that nature is finding a way to power through the echo chamber of polar vortices to bring us green again.

There's no specific technique for this week, other than to explore, and maybe to get in close when necessary.

The Example

Our lead image is by Will Larney, from our original spring challenge in 2010. Beautiful, isn't it?

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to contests@gizmodo.com, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a natively sized image in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Send your best photo by Monday, March 24th at 9AM Eastern to contests@gizmodo.com with "Spring" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameSpring.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnamespringWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.