Conservancy group hosting photo exhibit

Oak Heritage Conservancy is bringing its traveling photo exhibit to Seymour, giving the public two more chances to vote for the grand prize winner of the “Capturing the Beauty of Working Farmland” photo contest.

The group selected 37 photos for its online exhibit and 14 Best of Show photos for the traveling exhibit, which includes large prints of the photos. Four local residents, Joe Persinger, Kristye Lewis, Holly Newman-Stump and Tracy Price, were selected as Best of Show and have their photos in the traveling exhibit.

The public may view all 37 photos and vote for the grand prize winner at Everyone who votes will be entered to receive a large mounted photo of a farm or natural area in Indiana. The deadline to vote is March 15.

There also is one local chance to see the traveling exhibit and vote in person.

Members of Oak Heritage Conservancy will bring the exhibit to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge’s upcoming Conservation Happenings event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at the refuge at 12985 E. U.S. 50, Seymour.

The free event brings people together to learn about conservation around southern Indiana. Last year, more than 115 people attended. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to [email protected].

The conservancy hopes the contest will introduce the group to people in Jackson County.

The group recently protected its first property in Jackson County. The 28-acre forest sits along the East Fork White River on the north side of Rockford. It is open to the public, and the group is planning a dedication at the site to officially honor the Lebline and Simmons families who cared for the land for generations and donated the property.