2021 Student Photo Contest


2021 Conservation in the West

STUDENT PHOTO CONTEST: Show Us the New Era of Conservation in the West





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Conservation in the West
Student Photo Contest entries   



Contest Judges Jennifer Coombes, Steve Weaver, and Josh Raab announce the 1st-3rd place WINNERS on EARTH DAY, APRIL 22, 2021.



Conservation in the West 2021 Poll respondents are concerned for the future of nature.  Protection of water, land, and wildlife continue to be important to Rocky Mountain resident voters.  Extreme wildfires, a resultant impact of climate warning, are seen by 90% of the region's residents as a serious problem and support actions taken to reduce wildfire risks.  Two-thirds of sampled western voters want Congress to protect public lands and the "outdoor way of life" from energy development.  When asked, 69% of poll participaints want Congress to focus more on protecting sources of clean water, air and habitat than on ensuring we produce more domestic energy. A call for more aggressive actions to protect air, land, and water in response to climate induced impacts is in the interest of 74% of the voters.  Loss of wildlife habitat is again identified as an extremely serious problem among voters. 

"We’re seeing strong voter concern for nature, which is translating into calls for bold action on public lands in the West,” said State of the Rockies Project director Katrina Miller-Stevens, a Colorado College economics professor. “If federal and state policy leaders are looking for direction on public lands, the view from the West is clear," said State of the Rockies director Kat Miller-Stevens.


The State of the Rockies project invites students to submit up to three photos and a description of each photo(s) taken from the Rocky Mountain West that reminds us why, how, and/or what conservation efforts are critical to the future of nature. 

Please submit your entry to chines@coloradocollege.edu by midnight April 10, 2021.

Submitted photos should address areas of concern for wildlife, outdoor recreation and diversity and inclusion in the outdoors, shifting climate patterns and processes, public lands, water availability. Finalists will be determined by a jury of staff expert photographers Jennifer Coombes and Stephen Weaver and professional photographer Josh Raab. Finalists' photos will be posted on social media outlets during Earthweek, April 18-22, 2021.

The people's choice popular vote will be determined via vote-by- text. Photos will be posted on social media with a link to follow to cast a vote for the photo and description most compelling -- the most popular photo wins. Follow the vote-by-text instructions (details to follow).

VIEW the 2020 student photography submissions.


Sponsored by State of the Rockies Project For more information EMAIL Cyndy Hines chines@coloradocollege.edu

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