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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


LOCAL WINNERS--Two San Diegans, Theresa (Terri) Green and Steve Gould did very well in The Nature Conservancy sixth annual photography contest held recently. Steve garnered a finalist (top ten) and an Honorable Mention for his two images. Terri’s Honorable Mention (HM) image as well as those of other contest notables appear on The Nature Conservancy’s website

Steve’s top “finalist” image captured King Penguins on the March along Right Whale Beach, South Georgia Island. His HM was for an image of early morning sand dunes at Monument Valley, Utah (see above).

Terri’s HM captured Tufa towers at Mono Lake, a remarkable image that in my humble opinion deserved a higher prize. But because we all love animals, the contest winners seemed to be skewed toward animals over landscape and still lifes (Just an observation not a complaint).

In all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries, The Nature Conservancy is engaged in cutting-edge projects to protect nature and preserve life on planet Earth.

The scope of The Nature Conservancy is vast. There are countless ways to get involved world-wide. For just one example, when you join with the TNC to plant a billion trees in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, you are making a difference. One dollar donated plants one tree.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 550 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states and 33 countries; and with the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations; and by using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.

That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done so much to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951. For info on all TNC programs go to

Images: The Nature Conservancy. Top to lower: Steve Gould, Sand Dunes, Monument Valley; Terri Green, Mono Lake, CA and TNC volunteer up to his waist in work.

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