Photo Competition Yields Winning Image for New Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp
Baltimore oriole to grace inaugural stamp in 2010
COLUMBUS, OH – The photograph of a Baltimore oriole taken by Russell Reynolds of Lima won top honors in the first-ever Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp photo competition, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Reynolds’ winning image will appear on the inaugural Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp to be issued in March 2010.
The winning entry was selected from a field of 22 photos; the competition was only open to Ohio residents. Photographs were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition and overall impact. The winning image and two honorable mentions were selected during the recent Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference at Shawnee State Park Lodge in Scioto County.
“I've always loved wildlife and photography is a hobby for me; it's addictive really,” said winning photographer Russell Reynolds. He added that “It was the Wild Ohio magazine that got me started. I called your (Division of Wildlife) photographer for some tips on what camera to buy and it just went from there."
Brian Zwiebel of Oregon, and another photo by Reynolds received honorable mentions for their respective Baltimore oriole images.
The $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp will be available for purchase online in March at wildohio.com. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp remain here in Ohio to support vital habitat restoration and research projects, land purchases and conservation easements, and educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.
“This stamp was developed because we know there are Ohioans who want to help in our wildlife-conservation efforts,” said David M. Graham, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “I encourage anyone who cares about wildlife and the places it calls home to plan on buying a Legacy Stamp; it’s an easy way to invest today for tomorrow’s wild Ohio.”
A new, collectible stamp depicting a different animal will be issued each year to highlight the diversity of Ohio’s natural world.
The subject of next year's photo contest and 2011 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp also was announced during the September 2-3 Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference. Graham told attendees that Ohio wildlife enthusiasts should focus their cameras on dragonflies and damselflies. Complete details about the next photo competition will be available soon at wildohiostamp.com.
The judges for this year’s photo competition included representatives from statewide conservation organizations, metro parks and zoos, wildlife enthusiasts, and outdoor writers supportive of wildlife and their habitat.
Discover more about the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp by visiting wildohiostamp.com or calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.