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Chatham Conservation Partnership sponsors amateur nature photography contest and photo class

By Allison Weakley
Posted Friday, May 22, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Grab your cameras and get outside to capture in photographs the natural resources that make Chatham County special. Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) is sponsoring an Amateur Nature Photography Contest for adults and youths at least 13 years of age. CCP wants to use the contest as a way to show the diversity and beauty of Chatham's natural resources.

Photographs should be of Chatham County's natural landscapes, Jordan Lake, rivers and streams, wildlife, forests and farmland. No photographs of pets or domestic animals, but ones that include farm animals on farmland are acceptable. Amateur photographers do not have to be a resident of Chatham County, but the subject of the photograph must be located in Chatham County.

Entries will be accepted between June 1 and August 31 and must have been taken in 2008-2009. Winning photographs will be published in The Chatham Record and exhibited in Pittsboro and Siler City. Full details with contest rules and entry form, along with more information about the Chatham Conservation Partnership, are available at their website.

To kick off the contest, CCP is sponsoring a nature photography class on Saturday, June 13 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Instructor will be Jeff Davis, award-winning photographer with The Chatham News/Record. Davis, who will also be judging the contest, is this year's winner of the NC Press Association awards for nature and sports photography. The class will be held at the new Visitor Center for Jordan Lake State Recreation Area located on Highway 64 near Wilsonville. Attendance is free, but preregistration is required since class size is limited. Bring your camera for hands-on practice. Preregister for the photography class by sending e-mail to Gretchen Smith.

Chatham Conservation Partnership is a broad-based group of organizations and individuals with a common interest in conservation in Chatham County. Anyone with an interest in conservation is welcome to participate in CCP meetings and activities. Formed in 2006, CCP's mission is to develop and implement strategies for a community conservation vision that builds awareness, protection, and stewardship of Chatham County's natural resources. One of CCP's goals is to promote the conservation, restoration, health and sustainable use of the landscape and the native terrestrial and aquatic communities that depend in whole or in part on the lands and waters of Chatham County. CCP's next meeting is scheduled for July 23.

 
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