Winners of 2020 conservation photo contest unveiled


The winners of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ 2020 Photo Contest and 2020 Poster Contest were announced this week during the virtual 75th NACD Annual Meeting.

The photo contest, open to amateur photographers in both youth and adult divisions, consists of images reflecting the themes of “Agriculture and Conservation Across America,” “Close-Up Conservation,” “Conservation in Action,” and “Conservation Practices.” It was held in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary.

“This year’s contest winners creatively captured the beauty and importance of conservation and those working to help protect our natural resources,” NACD Auxiliary President Karen Smart said.

Image by Tracy Rine, courtesy of NACD

Photo Contest winners

Adult Division

  • Agriculture and Conservation Across America: Tracy Rine, Northern Panhandle CD, W.V.; Sandra Cooper, Coles County SWCD, Ill.
  • Close-Up Conservation: Bob Diller, Henricopolis SWCD, Va.; Holly Killian, Shelby County CD, Ala.
  • Conservation in Action: Jia You, New Castle CD, Del.; Anna Golightly, Madison County SWCD, Iowa
  • Conservation Practices: Timothy Barnes, Butte SWCD, Idaho; Nicky Lock, Taylor County SWCD, Iowa

Youth Division

  • Agriculture and Conservation Across America: Madison Simon, Fillmore SWCD, Minn.; Jeremy O’Connor, Minnesota
  • Close-Up Conservation: Jake Turner, Sarasota SWCD, Fla.; Karalee Christensen, Root River SWCD, Minn.
  • Conservation in Action: Kathryn Brooks, New Castle CD, Del.; Karalee Christensen, Root River SWCD, Minn.
  • Conservation Practices: Nancy Murray, Satilla SWCD, Ga.; Corey Melvin, Lake County SWCD, Ind.
Image by Timothy Barnes, courtesy of NACD

The 2020 Poster Contest, open to current students from kindergarten through 12th grade, celebrated the 2020 NACD Stewardship theme, “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?”

Poster Contest winners

1st Place

  • K-1: Colt Folger, Stanton County CD, Kan.
  • 2-3: Viraj Nimkar, Loudoun SWCD, Va.
  • 4-6: Clarinda Weber, Madison County SWCD, Ind.
  • 7-9: Emerson Ortmeier, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Neb.
  • 10-12: Lillian McConkey, Peter Francisco SWCD, Va.

2nd Place

  • K-1: Payton Duncan, Greene County CD, Pa.
  • 2-3: Abbie Holley, Conecuh SWCD, Ala.
  • 4-6: Kacey Brune, Osage County CD, Mo.
  • 7-9: Bryan Jimenez, Esmerelda CD, Nev.
  • 10-12: Rachel Ou, Freehold SCD, N.J.

3rd Place

  • K-1: Lydia Feucht, Dodge County CD, Wis.
  • 2-3: Grace Sun, Hudson SCD, N.J.
  • 4-6: Janna Winningham, Geauga SWCD, Ohio
  • 7-9: Angel Keplinger, Potomac Valley CD, W.V.
  • 10-12: Eason Li, New Castle CD, Del.

The winners listed will receive cash prizes courtesy of the NACD Auxiliary, made possible by the Auxiliary’s quilt project proceeds, the Auxiliary Country Store at the NACD Annual Meeting, and the generosity of individual donors. All contest participants will receive a certificate of participation.

View the winning photos and the winning posters on NACD’s Flickr page.

Image by Jeremy O’Connor, courtesy of NACD
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