Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wetlands Photo Celebration 2012 fan favorites

Happy World Wetlands Day 2012!! Please join us in congratulating our Wetlands Photo Celebration fan favorites—with images and photographers from around the globe in the four categories of favorites for the Wetlands and Tourism theme: Plants, Landscape, Tourists and Wildlife. Check out the lush stilt village in Ghana, a peaceful river in West Virginia, a snorkeler in the gorgeous coastal wetlands of Mexico, and a beautiful damselfly in Cambodia. Many thanks to all who participated – The US State Department received nearly 900 hundred photo submissions. We salute the world’s wetlands for their many critical benefits to humankind and their incredible beauty. See the wonderful photos submitted through the State Department's Flickr site!

Fan favorites:

The fan favorite in the WILDLIFE category (damselfly):

Wetland: Tonle Sap lake Wetland, Phur Sat province

Photographer: SAR Monyrath from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The fan favorite in the PLANTS category (water and vegetation):

Wetland: Nzulezo Stilt Village in Jomoro district, western Ghana

Photograph: Francis Kwame Paintsil from Accra, Ghana

The fan favorite in the TOURISM category (snorkeler):

Wetland: Gran Cenote in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Photographer: Seth Patterson from Brownsville, Texas - USA

And the fan favorite in the LANDSCAPE category (open water with trees):

Wetland: Tomlinson Run State Park (Tomlinson Run Lake) in West Virginia, United States

Photographer: Nadya Stoyanova Dzhevizova from Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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