On the eve of the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, The Nature Conservancy will hold a digital photography contest to highlight the beauty of native prairie in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The Conservancy’s Prairie Photo Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age. Final judging will occur on October 16, 2008, at the Bloomington Art Center, 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, Minn. Cash prizes will be awarded, with a top prize of $250. The top ten photographs will be displayed at the Center and at other renowned local galleries. Photographs must be from a site in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, and represent prairie habitat and/or species that are native to the respective state.
Entries will be accepted via the Flickr™ Web site, and the deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Monday, September 15, 2008. For complete details, visit the Conservancy’s web site at www.nature.org/mnphotocontest.
The Prairie Photo Contest was organized by The Nature Conservancy to help celebrate the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, which—for the first time—will be held in Minnesota from Oct. 17- 18, also at the Bloomington Art Center. The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is the most prestigious wildlife art event in the world, and draws many thousands of artists and spectators each year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency that administers the stamp, is assembling a calendar of events to complement the contest. Many conservation partners will be sponsoring related events. For more information, check out the Duck Stamp website at: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/2008contest.htm.
The Duck Stamp is of particular interest to the Conservancy because it funds much of the conservation work in the prairies and wetlands of North Dakota and South Dakota. More than a half-million acres have been protected as a result of this funding.
Grasslands are among the most imperiled habitat type in the world, and the Midwest and the Great Plains are no exception. North Dakota and South Dakota have lost about half their original grasslands, and only 1 percent survives in Minnesota.
Despite the loss of native prairie, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota still hold large prairie remnants,particularlywithin the Agassiz Beach Ridges, Tallgrass Aspen Parkland, Missouri Coteau and Prairie Coteau landscapes. The Conservancy is seeking spectacular and inspiring landscape and wildlife photographs from these areas and other prairies withinthese three states to help call attention to them so they can be conserved.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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