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Midland Painted Turtle Photo Claims Fifth Annual
Ohio Legacy Stamp Prize
COLUMBUS, OH — The reflective image of a midland painted turtle photographed by Sharon Cummings was selected as the winner of the fifth annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp contest, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The photo will appear on the 2014 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which goes on sale March 1, 2014.
This is the second time that Cummings, of Graytown, has won the stamp competition. Her image of an Eastern amberwing dragonfly was selected for the 2011 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.
“It is definitely a passion of mine to take photos of wildlife in natural places, and I love the concept of promoting Ohio’s wildlife diversity,” Cummings said. “I think that the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is an important tool in funding diversity and promoting wildlife in Ohio.”
The theme for this year’s contest was Ohio’s many native turtle species. Midland painted turtles are among the most abundant turtle species in Ohio. They are often spotted basking in the summer sun along the banks of many bodies of water. It has a deep green carapace with a red and yellow pattern along the underside, and the head and legs also have red and yellow markings.