Public asked to pick top photo

Oak Heritage Conservancy is asking for the public’s help to pick the grand prize winner in its “Capturing the Beauty of Working Farmland” photo contest.

This past fall, people from around southern Indiana entered 120 photos in the contest, and 37 of those photos have been selected for an online exhibit. That includes photos submitted by Jackson County residents Joe Persinger, Kristye Lewis and Tracy Price.

The public may view those photos and vote for the grant prize winner at oakheritageconservancy.org/photoexhibit. Everyone who votes will be entered to receive a large mounted photo of a farm or natural area in Indiana.

Photographers submitted photos in one of four categories: Wildlife and wildflowers; wetlands, creeks, prairie and forests; cropland, pasture and livestock; and farmsteads, barns and people.

The contest is sponsored by the conservancy, which protects land in Jefferson, Jennings, Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley, Washington, Clark, Scott and Decatur counties, and the George Rogers Clark Land Trust, which also works to protect natural areas such as forests and wetlands and family farms.

To date, the conservancy has more than 750 acres of forests, wetlands and meadows, while the trust has conserved more than 400 acres of working farmland in southern Indiana.

The contest, including the online exhibit and a traveling exhibit, is being supported by the Indiana Arts Commission.