In honor of Earth Day (April 22) and spring (we hear it just around the corner), NorthWestern Energy is asking people to take pictures of the area they live in and around, and show how they preserve their communities, conserve energy and live more efficiently. Then they're asking that those photos be submitted to their contest for a chance to win some high-value prizes.

Pictures that are submitted may even be used in future communication materials for NorthWestern Energy.

Photos can be submitted between April 22, 2013 and June 7, 2013. Then there will be a voting period from June 10 to June 21. Prizes will be awarded June 27.

There will be three winners in the contest based on who gets the most votes. The grand prize is an ENERGY STAR® certified laptop, a Nikon Coolpix P7700 digital camera and a $100 gift certificate. The person whose picture gets the second most votes will win an Energy Forward ENERGY STAR® certified Samsung 40” LED Smart HDTV and a $50 gift certificate. The third-place person will receive a $50 gift certificate.

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