County students place in photography contest

Dec 9, 2012 From staff reports

The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming has announced the winners for its fourth annual "I Believe in Conservation" high school photography contest. This year's winners and finalists include students from Cody High School, Natrona County High School in Casper, Dubois High School and Lander Valley High School.

The contest is an opportunity for the state's "next generation" of conservationists to showcase their relationships with Wyoming's wild places and working landscapes. Prizes were awarded in two categories. "Wild Places" includes images of mountain landscapes, wildlife and some of Wyoming's most intriguing open spaces. "People and Nature" submissions captured the human element of nature and conservation -- from recreational activities to ranching and scenes of cultural landscapes that connect students to nature.

Darienne Oard, a Dubois High School student, placed first in the People and Nature category for her photo "Beauty Within."

Lander Valley High School students Sarai Sutton and Christien Forton were both finalists in this year's contest. Sutton submitted an image titled "Blue Dragonfly" in the Wild Places category, and Forton was a finalist for her image "Only in Wyoming" in People and Nature.

"In our fourth year of offering this contest to Wyoming youth, we're excited to expand to include Cody High School, while continuing strong participation from Dubois, Lander and Casper," said Molly Hampton, director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming. "This contest is a wonderful opportunity to get students outside and encourage them to see the natural world in new and artistic ways."

First place winners received $250, second place winners received $100, and third place winners received $50 prizes.

Finalist and winning images from the 2012 contest will be on display in July at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, and winners and finalists from 2011 will be on display through August at the Buffalo Bill Historic Center in Cody.

For information on future exhibits, contact Kerry Brophy-Lloyd at 349-1749 or

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