For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2013
Midland Painted Turtle Photo Claims Fifth Annual
Ohio Legacy Stamp Prize
COLUMBUS, OH — The 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, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The photo will appear on the 2014 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which goes on sale March 1, 2014.
This is the second time that Cummings, of Graytown, has won the stamp competition. Her image of an Eastern amberwing dragonfly was selected for the 2011 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.
“It is definitely a 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 markings.
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 turtle.
Dallas Bosworth, of Geneva, was awarded first place in the youth division with a photo of an Eastern box turtle.
The 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 Geneva State 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.
Fourteen 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.
Participants of the first Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference in 2008 collaborated with the ODNR Division of Wildlife to create the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Offering the stamp to the public has continued with the positive support of individuals and wildlife conservation groups throughout the state. The inaugural stamp featuring a Baltimore oriole was introduced in 2010. The Eastern amberwing (2011), spotted salamander (2012) and black-capped chickadee (2013) were featured in subsequent years.
Visit wildohiostamp.com for more details. More information about the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and other wildlife-related topics can be found at wildohio.com.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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For more information, contact:
Eileen Corson, ODNR Office of Communications
Brian Plasters, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Photo Caption: 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.