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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act With a Photo Contest!

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 11.59.55 AMArizona Highways and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition have joined forces to help celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary of the the Wilderness Act, a landmark law that has helped protect some of America’s wild country.

Get in on the celebrations by entering your photos from Arizona’s 90 different wilderness areas for a chance to win an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop valued up to $2500.

So, what do you need to know?

1) The categories:
Scenic Landscape (SL)  Dramatic scenes, unusual perspectives, and expansive views of protected wilderness land. Plant life (such as flowers, trees, and other flora), close-ups, wide-open spaces, storms, sunsets, and other natural views.

Wildlife (WL)  Wild animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, etc.) photographed within the boundaries of wilderness areas. Animal portraits, behavior, predation, adults with young. (No captive animals allowed.)

People in Wilderness (PW) People enjoying wilderness lands: adventurers, backpackers, hikers, and people pursuing other wilderness-appropriate activities (mountain-biking, motorcycling, etc., are not allowed in wilderness areas and will not be accepted in entries); groups, families, and individuals in wilderness settings. Action, artistic perspectives and artistic compositions (silhouettes, motion shots, creative lighting, etc.).

Most Inspirational Moment (IM)  Images of locations that have a very special story and personal meaning to entrants. Please provide a summary of the story within the allotted caption space on the entry form. Additional details on your story may be requested in the final round of judging.

2) How to enter:
Visit www.ahpw.org/photocontests to submit your entries. Keep in mind, you can submit up to three (3) images in any of the four designated categories. Images must meet the image submission requirements to be eligible. FYI, the contest period runs  through December 31, 2013.

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Help the Forest Service Keep an Eye on Mother Nature

Photo by Reid Helms

Photo by Reid Helms

From our friends at the Forest Service:

PHOENIX – The U.S. Forest Service is understaffed but is getting more help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of Arizona wilderness. Over the weekend, another 30 volunteers for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition stewardship program received training to begin monitoring ecological and recreational conditions in the state’s wild areas.

According to the Coalition’s Central Arizona director, Sam Frank, it’s a chance for people to give back while enjoying something they already love: being outdoors.

“It’s a great thing for families, it’s a great way to get exercise and it’s a great way to get to know the lands better in your backyard. It’s really beneficial,” Frank said. “And also, they have a sense of stewardship in helping take care of these areas that technically belong to them.”

Sound like a good gig? Why not volunteer and give Mother Nature some much needed TLC? For more information, visit: www.azwild.org/action/wilderness_stewardship.php.

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