Two Houston County individuals recently participated in the National Association of Conservation Districts and NACD Auxiliary Photo Contest and both came away with second place finishes.
Joni Mehus of rural Spring Grove, submitted an entry in the adult division of the Ag/Conservation Across America category and placed second. Karalee Christensen, an 8th grader, from rural Houston submitted her photo in the youth division of the Conservation in Action category and also took second spot. Cash prizes were awarded to the top two winners of each category and age division.
The annual contest is open to all amateur photographers residing in the U.S. or its territories. Each contestant is given the opportunity to enter up to five photos per year that fall within one of four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, or Agriculture and Conservation Across America.
Joni and Karalee’s photos were judged on technical merit (sharpness/clarity, properly exposed, and whether the photo is well-framed) and composition (imagination and creativity).