Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Show off your heart for the valley

Annual contest seeks submissions

Express Staff Writer

?Warm Springs Snow Storm? is a winning photograph by valley resident Jeff Hanson.

The fourth annual Heart of the Valley Contest will accept submissions for photographs and short writings including essays, poetry and memoirs until Friday, Nov. 16. Entries should be sent to the Wood River Land Trust. Information regarding contest requirements is available at or by calling 788-3947.

There will be prizes awarded for the top three entries and staff favorite in each category. In addition, photographs will be on display at Images of Nature Gallery during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Readings by short writings winners will be held at area events throughout the winter.

The theme for this year's contest is to explore the fundamental differences that set the Wood River Valley apart from other mountain communities.

"There are countless reasons we love living here—incredible hiking, biking, skiing, fishing—but many people don't form the same connection with other places that offer similar recreational opportunities. There is something more that makes the valley what it is," said Heather Kimmel, Wood River Land Trust program and membership coordinator. "We're looking forward to seeing how the community defines the elusive things that sustain the valley and make it home."

Wood River Land Trust's fourth annual Heart of the Valley Contest is sponsored by Bank of America. Prizes will be provided by Iconoclast Books, Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters, Silver Creek Outfitters, Patagonia and others.

The Wood River Land Trust is a local nonprofit organization that protects and restores lands, waters, and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley and its surrounding areas by working cooperatively with private landowners and local communities.

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