2015 Makayla Whaling

January 22, 2016

Luthersburg Photographer Wins PA Parks and Forests Foundation Photo Contest

(Camp Hill, PA)- Makayla Whaling of Luthersburg, PA won 2nd place in the Young Photographers category of The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s (PPFF) Through the Seasons 2015 Photo Contest. The winning photograph featured an image of a grasshopper on a flower in Sinnemahoning State Park.

“I was inspired to take this photo while walking along the creek at Sinnemahoning State Park. This grasshopper caught my eye and it seemed to be posing for me,” Makayla says. “I love being outdoors and the parks and forests provide the perfect opportunities. I would also like to thank the Wildlife Leadership Academy for intensifying my interest in wildlife photography. This is a program that empowers high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors.”

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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