|Pictured is the winning image of a midland painted turtle, which was the top photo out of 143 entries for the fifth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest. Sharon Cummings of Graytown, Ohio, captured the image to win the contest.|
COLUMBUS — The
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced a reflective image of a midland painted turtle
photographed by Sharon Cummings was selected as the winner of
the fifth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp contest,
The photo will appear on
the 2014 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which goes on
sale March 1, 2014.
This is the second time
of Graytown, has won the stamp
competition. Her image of an Eastern
amberwing dragonfly was selected for the 2011 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.
passion of mine to take photos of wildlife in natural
places, and I love the concept of promoting Ohio’s wildlife
diversity,” Cummings said. “I think that the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is an
important tool in funding
diversity and promoting wildlife in Ohio.”
The theme for this year’s contest was
Ohio’s many native turtle species. Midland
painted turtles are among the most
abundant turtle species in Ohio. They are
often spotted basking in the summer sun along the
banks of many bodies of water. It has a deep green carapace with a red and yellow
pattern along the underside, and the head and legs also have red and yellow
Second place was awarded to Brad Imhoff, of
Mt. Vernon, who also
photographed a midland painted turtle. Lois Hobart, of Newcomerstown, earned
third place with a photo of an Eastern box
Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp contest is
only open to Ohio residents.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife
received 143 entries of turtles from 83 photographers.
The contest was judged this year at
Park during the Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference, Sept. 4-5. The judges
of the photo contest were representatives from statewide conservation
organizations, metroparks, science and education centers, as well as wildlife
biologists, naturalists and outdoor writers. Photos were judged on originality,
technical excellence, composition and overall impact.
dollars of every
$15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are
invested in the state’s Wildlife
Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and
habitat research projects, creation of wildlife
educational materials, and efforts that restore and
conserve endangered and threatened species. No state tax dollars are
contributed to this fund.
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