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Virginia DGIF Receives Two National Awards For Photography

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) received national honors at the Association for Conservation Information, Inc. (ACI) conference last week in Savannah, GA. The national conference, which had over 130 attendees this year, recognized the best in communication efforts across the nation. With 43 member states represented, the Virginia DGIF was elated to be among the winners.

DGIF received second place for Photography: Flora and Fauna, “Fawn Peeking Out at the
World” by Lynda Richardson, Art Director, Virginia Wildlife Magazine; and third place for
Photography: Scenic, “Blazin’ for Habitat” by Meghan Marchetti, DGIF Staff Photographer.

“Fawn Peeking Out at the World” was published in the September/October 2018 issue of
Virginia Wildlife magazine and was part of an article called “The Evolution of Cute.” The article was a feel-good piece that let you see the cuteness of young wildlife. From bears, bobcats, wood ducklings and the fawn, the audience can see what a few different species look like at a young age.

DGIF wants people to see that cuteness is not just for adorable animals, motivational posters, and forwarded emails. It is a powerful biological adaptation; a built-in mechanism that helps parents of many species to recognize and respond to offspring.

“Blazin’ for habitat” was published in DGIF Notes from the Field, wildlife viewing. DGIF
documented this controlled burn to educate people on how they manage habitat. Through the pictures and videos, people can see all that goes into controlling fire, managing habitat and staff time it takes to do it all.

“To be recognized next to our fellow state fish and wildlife agencies is an absolute honor. Seeing first-hand the amazing work everyone is doing to better communicate is encouraging and enlightening. Our photographers have no limits when trying to get that perfect shot and it clearly shows by these two awards,” said Paige Pearson, Marketing and Public Relations Manager.

ACI is a non-profit organization of natural resources communicators. They serve to further
natural resource conservation and exchange and are made up of professionals representing
state, federal and Canadian wildlife conservation and parks and natural resource agencies as well as private conservation organizations.

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