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June 12, 2021

Photo contest winners displayed at Watsonville Public Library

WATSONVILLE—Winners and runners-up of the inaugural Climate Action Photo Contest will be on display at the main branch of the Watsonville Public Library through the month of June. 

Submissions for the contest, sponsored by the Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SCCAN), were accepted until the first week of April. Photographers were asked to submit photos of a recent climate action within the county.

Winners were announced on April 22, Earth Day.

“The goal of this contest was to highlight the positive actions that people in our community are already taking to fight the problem of local and global climate change,” said Krista Myers of SCCAN. “[We] wanted to lift up those individuals and share their stories.”

The top entries in the 21 and Under age group were awarded a $1,000 Youth Action Scholarship. Brianna Melgoza-Ortiz of Watsonville won for her photo of a composting project for the Green Grizzlies club at Pajaro Valley High School.

Mayelli Vega of Watsonville won for her photo of the Watsonville Wetlands Day event at Struve Slough. And Jennifer Hernandez of Watsonville won for her photo of a tree planting project in a Watsonville neighborhood.

The photographs will be on display at the library until June 30.

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