2015 Xiawei Zhang

January 22, 2016

West Chester Photographer Wins PA Parks and Forests Foundation Photo Contest

(Camp Hill, PA)- Xiawei Zhang of West Chester, PA won 1st place in the Black and White category of The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2015 Photo Contest. The winning photograph featured an image of a heron at Marsh Creek State Park.

“I think this picture perfectly shows the harmony of human and nature in the state parks of Pennsylvania,” Xiawei says. “Pennsylvania’s state parks and state forests offer people a great variety of natural beauty and resources to enjoy the nature. My family always picks some parks for hiking, fishing or camping at different seasons.”

The PPFF contest included six categories: Black and White, Capture the Seasons, Friends and Family Fun, Young Photographers (photographers aged 10-21), Historical Gems, and Nature Up Close. All photos had to be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest and judging was done by popular vote on Facebook and critics’ choice. The winning photographs may be viewed at the Foundation’s Facebook page, as well as and other electronic communications including Take Five: Fridays with Pam and Explore: Pennsylvania’s Outdoors in your Inbox.

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About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation works to ensure that there is a place and an experience for everyone in the outdoors. The mission of the foundation is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism. There are 38 chapters of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation across the state.

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