ICYMI: NACD Announces 2018 Photo, Poster Contest Winners

CONTACT: Stephanie Addison, NACD Communications Director
(202) 547-6223; stephanie-addison[at]

CONTACT: Sara Kangas, NACD Communications Manager
(202) 547-6223; sara-kangas[at]


Feb. 3, 2019


SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Poster Contest during the 73rd Annual Meeting Inspirational Session.

“As local leaders, conservation districts know the importance of engaging the next generation in becoming stewards of the land,” NACD Auxiliary President Karen Smart said. “It’s an honor to award those who have captured the beauty and deep significance of our natural resources.”

The photo contest, open to amateur photographers in both youth and adult divisions, consists of images reflecting the themes of “Agriculture and Conservation Across America,” “Close-Up Conservation,” “Conservation in Action” and “Conservation Practices. The 2018 Photo Contest winners are:

Adult Division Youth Division
Agriculture and Conservation Across America Wayne Butler, Henricopolis SWCD, Va.; Emma Lee, Vernon County LWCD, Wisc. Lainey Wriggins, New Castle CD, Del.; Karalee Christenson, Root River SWCD, Minn.
Close-Up Conservation Karen Fenton, Washakie County CD, Wyo.; Robert Diller, Henricopolis SWCD, Va. Eva Lee, Vernon County LWCD, Wisc.; Jake Turner, Area 3, Fla.
Conservation in Action Callie Burnett, Pittsylvania SWCD, Va.; Debbie Larson, Taylor County SWCD, Iowa Cade Christenson, Root River SWCD, Minn.; Sehan Singh, Lake County SWCD, Ind.
Conservation Practices Roxie Crouch,Northern Utah SWCD, Utah; Troy Bishopp, Madison County SWCD, N.Y. Mackenzie Brandt, New Castle County SWCD, Del.;Rithanya Saravanan, Henricopolis SWCD, Va.

The 2018 Poster Contest, open to current students from kindergarten through 12thgrade, celebrated the 2018 NACD Stewardship Theme “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.”

“Watersheds are integral to our communities,” Smart said. “Celebrating our watersheds, and our understanding of how to improve the health of watersheds, is crucial to creating informed landowners.”

The 2018 Poster Contest winners are:

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
K-1 Elizabeth Jueneman, Washington County CD, Kan. Aaliyah Basile, Carbon CD, Pa. Sophie Cornell, East and West Kauai SWCD, Hawaii
2-3 Eva Alvarez, Conservation Districts of Iowa Natalie Dowlen, Cumberland County CD, Tenn. Maggie Mosley, Clay SWCD, Fla.
4-6 Kelsen Baughman, Rutherford County SCD, Tenn. Reven Wright, Fremont CD, Colo. Elaina Nemes, Vernon County LWCD, Wisc.
7-9 Haylea Knisley, Pickaway SWCD, Ohio Garret Schneider, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Ignacio Medina, Outagamie County Land and Water Association, Wisc.
10-12 Sarah Kim, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Simeon Little, Chesterfield SWCD, S.C. Olivia Braun, Lake County SWCD, Ind.

The winners listed will receive cash prizes courtesy of the NACD Auxiliary, made possible by the Auxiliary’s quilt project proceeds, the Auxiliary Country Store at the NACD Annual Meeting and the generosity of individual donors. All contest participants will receive a certificate of participation. View the winning photos and the winning posters on NACD’s Flickr page.


About the National Association of Conservation Districts:

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

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