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Land+Link Photography Competition / Exhibition Celebrates “Nature’s Gift”

Jess Lloyd’s won the the Open Division with her photograph “Redbud Heart.”

The Western Virginia Land Trust and the O. Winston Link Museum have paired up once again to present the 2012 Land+Link Photography Competition and Exhibition.

Land+Link provides a unique opportunity for local artists of all ages to capture images of southwest Virginia’s beautiful landscape and to receive recognition for their work. This year photographers were asked to submit images in the theme of “Nature’s Gift.”

Jess Lloyd of Blacksburg claimed the top spot in the Open Division with her photograph “Redbud Heart.” Connie Pruitt of Axton came in second with her entry “Nature’s Cotton Candy” and Sherri Quick of Bedford placed third with “Foggy February Morning on the Farm.” In the new Young Photographer’s Division, Alyssa Bennett of Roanoke placed first with “Golden Sunshine.”

“Our local natural areas are a great resource for photographers,” said Diana Hackenburg, Land Trust project manager. “The finalist’s photos are a good reminder of the incredible beauty located within southwest Virginia.”

The exhibit, open now for viewing at the O. Winston Link Museum, features these four winners along with the sixteen other finalist photos chosen by the judges.

A special closing reception, on December 5th from 6-8 pm at the Link Museum, will give the public an opportunity to meet the photographers and bid on the exhibited artwork in a silent auction to benefit the Land Trust and the Link Museum. Admission to the reception is free and includes light  hors d’oeuvres by Blue Ridge Catering and local wines.

Want to help decide the winner of the People’s Choice Award? From now until December 4th, visit to vote for your favorite photo!

 For more information about Land+Link, please contact Diana at 540-985-0000.

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