NACD Announces 2023 Photo, Poster Contest Winners


February 12, 2024

Candice Abinanti

NACD Announces 2023 Photo, Poster Contest Winners

San Diego, CA – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the winners of the 2023 Photo and Poster Contests during the association’s 78th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

The photo contest, open to amateur photographers in both youth and adult divisions, attracted entries of images reflecting the themes of “Agriculture and Conservation Across America,” “Close-Up Conservation,” “Conservation in Action,” and “Conservation Practices.” The poster contest, open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, celebrated the 2023 NACD Stewardship Week theme, “One Water.”

“These photos and posters thoughtfully and creatively capture this year’s One Water theme,” said NACD President Kim LaFleur. “The 2023 contest winners truly showcased the importance of healthy water and soils in protecting the continued health of our communities.”

The winners will receive cash prizes and all contest participants will receive a certificate of participation.  View all the winning photos and posters on  NACD’s Flickr page

2023 Photo Contest First Place Winners:  


Photo Winners 

Adult Division 

Youth Division 

Agriculture and Conservation Across America 

Rebecca Railey  

Georgia – Alapaha Conservation District 

Leah Pozen 

Indiana – Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District 

 Close-Up Conservation 

Troy Bishop 

New York – Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District


Lillyan Kiehne 

Minnesota – Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District

Conservation in Action 

Lynne Huffman  

Indiana – Wells County Soil & Conservation District 

Gage Rolfe  

Kansas – Franklin County Conservation District  

Conservation Practices 

Lisa Shaw 

Wyoming – Niobrara Conservation District 

Jersey Ristau  

Minnesota – Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District 


2023 Poster Contest First Place Winners: 



Poster Winners 

K-1 Grades

Anakin Knox 

Delaware – New Castle
Conservation District 

2-3 Grades

Stetson Sawatzky  

Oklahoma – Custer County Conservation District

4-6 Grades

Pearl Carriveau 

Wisconsin – Portage County Conservation District 

7-9 Grades

Abigail Ostrander 

Wyoming – Converse County
Conservation District 

10-12 Grades

Betty Neff 

Michigan– Tuscola Conservation District 

Digital Artwork Category Winners 

7-9 Grades

Annabelle Hochstedler 

Delaware – Sussex Conservation District 

10-12 Grades

Genevieve Frisch 

Delaware – New Castle Conservation District 



About the National Association of Conservation Districts: 

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 individuals 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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