Entries are now being accepted for the Intelligent Use of Water film competition, an annual competition to pick the short film that best explores water conservation methods and ideas. Aug. 15 is the deadline for entering the competition, which is sponsored by Azusa, Calif.-based Rain Bird.

Now in its third year, the Intelligent Use of Water is open to narrative, documentary, animated and experimental short films by experts and amateurs. A new $6,000 Green Industry Award has been added for submissions by any professional who installs or maintains green spaces, such as golf courses. "Green industry professionals deal with the issue of water conservation out in the field almost every single day," Rain Bird Corporate Brand Manager Jennifer Riley said in a statement. "We hope to spotlight their unique perspectives on how to ensure that enough water is available both now and for future generations."

Two winners also will be selected from the general entries for the $6,000 Jury Award and the $3,000 Audience Choice Award. All entries to the Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition must be sent electronically as .mov, .wmv, .avi or .mpg files to the competition's official Web site, www.IUOWFilm.com.

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