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Union County 4-H Member Wins State 4-H Photography Contest

LAS CRUCES -- Matthew Copeland of Union County took first and second place in the 5th Annual State 4-H Photography Exhibit held recently at New Mexico State University.


Copeland, the son of Cliff and Pat Copeland of Nara Visa, won $50 for his first-place for his scenic photograph of "Vermejo Park" and $30 for his second-place entry of a wild baby duck sitting in shallow water. Copeland has been an exhibitor in every state 4-H photography exhibit since the contest began five years ago.

Greg Northcutt of Curry County won third place for his photograph taken in the Tres Ritos Mountains called "Mountain Colombine."

Honorable mention honors went to Heather Stumpff, Santa Fe County; Debbie Gilbert, Bernalillo County; and Nicole Perez, De Baca County.

A premier showing of the exhibit will be in the Youth Hall at the New Mexico State Fair Sept. 11-27 in Albuquerque.

4-H is an NMSU Cooperative Extension Service program. For more information about 4-H, contact the local county Extension office.