04.25.10

Vermillion Cliffs Included in Top Nature Photos

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Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Jack Dykinga made this photograph of petrified sand dunes at Paria Canyon, in Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area. A book with his work was part of a campaign to create national monuments there. Following the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, then Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt sent Dykinga a letter of thanks, noting the book’s help in raising public awareness.

In honor of the 40th annual Earth Day on April 22, members of the International League of Conservation Photographers chose their top 40, including this one here. Many of the honored photographers or their trusts went on to donate their work for an Earth Day auction benefiting environmental groups.  Ten of the top 40 can be seen on www.msn.com

Posted by Danielle Murray in Blog & Videos, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument