A legend in life spurs legacy of conservation through youth arts


Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards student arts prize sponsor Charlotte Corbeil, right, with microphone, and Viera Voice publisher Jill Blue-Gaines address a gathering of student winners at the 2015 Viera Wetlands Festival. Photo by Linda Wiggins

Calling all students kindergarten through 12th grade: The Charlie Corbeil Conservation Awards is looking for your photography, art and writing submissions for the third annual youth awards contest.

Up for grabs is $1,000 in prize money, provided by Charlotte Corbeil of Viera, who writes the Viera Voice column Charlotte’s Web-spinning Tales that encourages youth and adult submissions of nature photography to accompany her stories. She is the widow of Charlie Corbeil and co-wrote the Parting Shots column that accompanied the Florida Master Naturalist’s award-winning nature photos.

Winning submissions will be showcased at the March 19 Viera Wetlands Festival.

Submissions are intended to showcase, but are not limited to, inspiration from the Viera Wetlands. 

The contest is open to public, private and home school students and is divided into age groups of K-2, 3-6, 7-8 and 9-12 with prizes in all levels and media categories of $50 for First Place, $25 for Second Place, $10 for Third Place and an Honorary Mention.

For more information, call 321-242-1235.