Awards highlight conservation and climate change mitigation

NEW YORK (June 9, 2011)—The Wildlife Conservation Society took home five of the top 10 awards in the FrontLines Photo Contest, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Julie Larsen Maher, Chief WCS Photographer, claimed three of the prizes with her engaging photos of Uganda’s varied wildlife, including the first place image of an African bird called a hamerkop tossing a lizard in mid-air in an effort to eat the reptile head-first. Her other winning entries: a female lion lounging in a tree; and a family of observant chimpanzees.

In addition to Maher, two additional WCS staff members—John Winnie and Rob Oberndorf of WCS-Afghanistan—also placed in the Top 10.

Attracting entries from photographers around the world, the FrontLines Photo Contest was recently held to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5) and to highlight USAID’s efforts to conserve the environment and mitigate climate change.

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