The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 2, 2014

Land Trust’s photo contest to feature state’s special places

— The West Virginia Land Trust, a statewide conservation organization, is hosting the second annual Special Places Nature Photo Contest. Special places are everywhere in West Virginia and the Land Trust wants to highlight them through the lenses of those who cherish them.

All photo submissions must have been captured in West Virginia. Photographs will be divided into the categories of Youth (18 and below) and Adult (19 and above). Each category will be voted on for the Grand Award, the Governor’s Award, and the People’s Choice Award. A new category will be presented this year, the Quick Pic Award, for a picture of a special place captured with a smartphone.

Deadline for entries is April 1. Winners will be announced May 22 at the Land Trust’s Special Places Event. For more information and registration, visit www.wvland

Founded in 1995, the West Virginia Land Trust is the only statewide nonprofit 501(c)3 land trust dedicated to protecting West Virginia’s natural lands and scenic areas forever.

The mission of the WVLT is to protect land, water and wildlife with significant conservation values through the use of conservation easements and/or purchase of properties through nonconfrontational agreements. This is achieved by working with a statewide network of partners, building a passionate land conservation movement in the state.

Learn more about the WVLT at www.wvland or call 304-413-0945 or 304-346-7788.