Local Students Win Nature Photography Contest

The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming Sponsors 3rd Annual Contest for High School Students

Cody, WY | July 12, 2011

The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming has announced the winners for its 3rd annual “I Believe in Conservation” high school photography contest. This year’s winners include students from 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” include images of mountain landscapes, wildlife and Yellowstone National Park. “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.

Natrona County High School students Rory Grauberger, Kathleen Backman and Colleen DeVault won awards this year. Grauberger’s photograph “Heaven’s Rain” placed first in the “Wild Places” category; Backman’s photograph “Bright Mineral Pool” placed second in “Wild Places”; and DeVault’s photograph “House” won second place in “People and Nature.”

Dubois student Stephen Hoadley took home the top prize for “Taking a Break” in the “People and Nature” category, and “Growing Together” won third place in the “Wild Places” category.

Lander student Camille del Duca received a prize for her photograph “February Sunset,” which featured an evening view of the city of Lander and placed third in the “People and Nature” category.

"This contest is a great way to inspire younger generations to spend more time outside and to look at nature in different and creative ways,” said Molly Hampton, Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming . “We would also like to thank Alice Arlen for her support in this contest.”

“This contest provided me an opportunity to capture awe-inspiriting scenes for others to enjoy,” said winner Camille del Duca. “And, I was able to express the importance of conserving these places.”

Finalist and winning images will be exhibited at venues around the state.

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

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