VASWCD holds photo contest

Published 8:59 am Thursday, December 29, 2016

What does conservation look like to you? Is it conservation practices in your county or town? Is it in the forest or parks in your area? Are there people, animals or the tiniest details in it? How has conservation impacted you? Capture those vibrant moments through photography and express what conservation looks like to you.

The Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) — including the Peter Francisco Soil & Water Conservation District — is committed to conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs and wants to see it through your eyes. So, it is sponsoring a photo contest.

All photographs must be taken within Virginia. The contest begins Feb. 1 and ends on July 31, and is open to people of all ages. Entries submitted before or after the entry period will not be eligible. Winners will be announced Sept. 1, with prizes to be determined.

There will be three overall winners, for first, second and third prizes. There will also be 12 honorable mentions. In addition, one winner will be selected in each of the following categories:

• People & Conservation — illustrates how people interact with their environment and care for the natural resources around them.

• People’s Choice — overall winner selected from among the 12 honorable mentions based on the highest number of votes received during public voting to be held on the VASWCD Facebook page in August.

• Mobile — best photo taken via a mobile device (phone or tablet).

• Young Photographer — best vibrant moment of conservation, taken by a photographer under 18 years of age.

• Water Conservation.

• Wildlife in Conservation — best wildlife moment.

• Conservation Practices or Conservation in Action.

• Urban & Backyard Conservation — best example of how people can bring conservation to their yard or an urban setting.

The honorable mentions will be selected as “amazing” images that showcase and illustrate conservation and its interaction with the natural world.

To view the rules and submit up to 10 digital images, visit the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District’s website at