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Kimberly, Oregon: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and Discover Your Northwest are sponsoring an art and photography contest in honor of the Monument’s 40th anniversary.
“Not only is this the anniversary of the Monument’s establishment, but it’s also the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the fossil beds,” said National Park Service Paleontologist Dr. Joshua X. Samuels. Superintendent Shelley Hall adds, “John Day Fossil Beds was designated by Congress because of the exceptional scientific value of the fossils found in the area. We’re holding an art and photo contest to encourage photographers, artists and community members to capture the area’s beauty and significance.”
The John Day Fossil Beds Anniversary art and photo contest begins January 5th. Entries will be accepted through May 1st. Participants may enter up to 3 images total, one per category. Categories are: photography, painting/drawing, and other. Images may be submitted e-mail us or on CD-ROM by mail.
Entries will be judged in early May and winners notified by phone. Cash prizes will be awarded by Discover Your Northwest. The grand prize winner will receive $500. Honorable mentions from each category will receive $100 prizes.
Additional information and contest rules are online at https://www.nps.gov/joda/supportyourpark/anniversaryartcontest.htm
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.