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This ruby-throated hummingbird photo taken by Jim Flynn placed in a previous Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest.
Local artists are being encouraged to submit their entries to the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest, open through Oct. 31.
The contest is a joint project of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. While state residents and visitors alike are permitted to enter, the qualifying photos must have been taken in Alabama.
Contest coordinator Kim Nix, public information manager at ADCNR, said a new category connects the celebration of statehood to the photo contest, which is in its 14th year.
“We added an Alabama Bicentennial category this year,” she said. “Photos in this category could include historical parks, forts, lighthouses, battlefields or archeological sites. Those are just some examples; it’s a broad category.”
Nix said another new category this year is waterfalls.
“It’s been such a popular subject for photos in previous contests that we decided to make it a focal point this year,” she said. “Ultimately, our goal is to encourage residents and visitors to explore Alabama’s outdoor spaces and document them through photography.”
The contest is open to adults and youth. Up to a total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories: Alabama Bicentennial; Birds of a Feather; Bugs and Butterflies; Coastal Life; Coldblooded Critters; Nature-Based Recreation; Shoots and Roots; State Park Adventures; Sweet Home Alabama; Watchable Wildlife; Waterfalls; and Young Photographer.
First, second and third place and one honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winning images will be featured online and in a traveling exhibit across the state during 2019. An exhibit of 2018 winners is currently on display around the state.
Category explanations and additional entry information may be found at outdooralabama.com/photo-contest. Entry is restricted to the online upload of digital images, which can be completed from a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
For more information, call 334-242-3151 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile native advances in NFL
The Los Angeles Rams have promoted Byron Cunningham to director of rehabilitation/assistant athletic trainer.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue my work with the Los Angeles Rams,” said Cunningham, who graduated from John L. LeFlore High School in 1993. “I’ve learned a great deal from my peers and the individual athletes and look forward to being challenged to implement unique rehabilitative practices and treatments.”
Cunningham completed his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Florida A&M University in 1998, and earned a master’s degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in 2002. In 2010, Cunningham received the FAMU School of Allied Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni award.
In his NFL role, Cunningham is responsible for the care, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries in coordination with the head athletic trainer. Cunningham is in his ninth season with the Rams, highlighted by the 2015 season when the staff earned the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year award from Professional Football Athletics Trainers Society.
His previous work includes stints with four NFL teams and NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire. Cunningham’s professional athletic training career started in 2001 at Auburn University. Prior to entering the NFL, he served as head athletic trainer for football at the University of Illinois from 2007 to 2009, a position he was promoted to after working as the assistant athletic trainer for football at the university from 2005-07.
USA’s Millenaar recognized
University of South Alabama (USA) cross-country runner Carolien Millenaar has been selected as one of the top seven female runners in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in a preseason poll of coaches. As a true freshman, she earned third-team all-conference honors with an 11th-place finish at the SBC Championships.
Both the Jaguar women’s and men’s teams were ranked third in the preseason poll as voted on by the Sun Belt coaches, receiving 119 and 75 points, respectively. The South women were also ranked 12th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s South Region preseason poll.
SHC earns academic honor
The NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced 57 Spring Hill College (SHC) student-athletes were 2017-18 recipients of its Academic Achievement Award. This is an increase of 13 student-athletes over SHC’s 2016-17 total.
The Academic Achievement Awards recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level. The full list of names can be found at shcbadgers.com/news.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues-paying member of the D2 ADA and the student-athlete must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college-level work; and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Run to benefit local hospital
The annual Trick or Trot 5K race and Fun Run will take place Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m., at Moulton Tower on the USA campus. This family-friendly race benefits the Pediatric Emergency Department at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Mobile.
In its sixth year, Trick or Trot has become known for its fall festival and after-party where children and adults can trick-or-treat in a safe environment around the tower on campus.
For more details, search for the event on Facebook.
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