Kids in Nature Photo Contest Winners

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Published on: Dec. 13, 2013

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Whether fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, photographing, looking for creatures, or just playing in nature, Missouri kids are having fun outdoors. The photos and stories from this year’s Kids in Nature contest showed how much Missourians of all ages appreciate and support our great conservation heritage.

“Our main goal was to encourage people to get outside with their families, and then to share their experiences with others,” says Cliff White, the Conservationist’s art director. “That is also why we conducted this contest through a social networking site. Though we are only recognizing our 10 monthly winners here, be sure to check out all the great entries on Flickr at”

We hope you will find these images from our monthly winners as inspiring as we do. Congratulations to the winning families, and thank you to everyone who participated.

Be sure to check out our new Discover Nature section (Page 33) to learn this year’s photo contest

October Winner - Photo by Diana Hughes

Diana Hughes captured this photo of her 2-year-old charge, Evan Dale Edwards, playing in the leaves on one of their many walks in Blue Springs, Mo. Hughes is “Grandma” Diana to Edwards, and watches him during the day while his parents, Kerri and John Edwards, of Lee’s Summit, are at work. “We both enjoy going on walks together, and we especially enjoy our trips to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center,” says Hughes. “There, Evan enjoys the snakes, fish, turtles, and activities in the center, along with a nice walk on the nature trail.” The Edwards enjoy camping, and Evan especially enjoys nature hikes, collecting rocks, and riding his bike and tractor. Hughes says her family also enjoys hiking and camping throughout Missouri.

May Winner – Photo by Robyn Gibbs

Robyn Gibbs took this picture of her 2-year-old daughter, Ravyn, photographing flowers in Foristell, Mo. “She loves being outdoors camping, rock hunting, and especially hiking,” says Gibbs. She says her family loves outdoor adventures and exploring Missouri’s natural beauty. “I love taking pictures,” says Gibbs, “and I was astonished to see her interest in photography at such a young age.”

February Winner – Photo by Todd Pridemore

Titus Pridemore found this antler shed in a small food plot near his Boone County home. “I had discovered the shed antler in this small food plot a few days after Christmas Day,” says Titus’ dad, Todd Pridemore. “But, I

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