Avery Locklear, a high-school senior, wants to make a difference through her nature photography in conservation and wildlife preservation. Her photographs include images ranging from intricate leaf and petal patterns to landscapes of Hidden Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“Living in Yadkinville for several years taught me to appreciate the natural world,” Locklear said in an email. “I was able to witness the seasons come and go, with no distractions of the hustle and bustle of a larger city. I noticed the small things, and the most important.”

Locklear, 19, lives with her mother, Pat, in Winston-Salem. She started high school at Reagan, and she transitioned to homeschooling in the first semester of her freshman year. She plans to study photojournalism in college, but she has not decided where yet.

“My mom is my greatest backer and supporter,” Locklear said. In March, Locklear attended the North American Nature Photography Association High School Scholarship program, and that experience strengthened her passion for nature and wildlife.

“I decided then that my life goal is to inspire others and make a difference using my images,” she said.

When she returned home, she started looking for new opportunities and groups who shared her passions. She joined the Sierra Club Foothills Group, where she has volunteered at various events, gone on hikes and maintained trails, “and of course, taking photos,” she said.

Locklear was selected by the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment to attend the 10th World Wilderness Congress that will be held in Salamanca, Spain, in October. In addition to attending presentations by leaders from around the world, the students must create an individual project that explains their ideas on how to create a wilder world.

Locklear is trying to raise $3,000 for the trip. She is selling photo prints, holding raffles and seeking sponsors to help cover the cost. So far, she has raised about $490.

“As one of the selected students, I hope to further my education and learn to share the importance of conservation and wildlife,” Locklear wrote on her fundraising website, http://fundly.com/help-send-avery-to-spain.


Kathy Norcross Watts writes about artists of all stripes — visual, musical, literary and more — weekly in relish. Send your story ideas to winterberrybooks@bellsouth.net.

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