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Photographer Awarded for Photos on Beauty of Coal Country

pictureCarl Galie, an photographer hailing from Winston-Salem, was recently awarded the first ever Art for Conservation Grant to go towards the printing of his work for public display. He has been very active with Appalachian Voices in our work to end mountaintop removal, both through action online and visiting decision-makers to tell them about his experience taking photos in the Appalachian coalfields.

His series, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country” hones in on the beauty of the coalfields in order to highlight the needless destruction of many of the central and southern Appalachian mountains through mountaintop removal coal mining.

According to Galie, “Lost on the Road…” is an attempt to educate the public about mountaintop removal by showing the effects this mining practice is having on our nation’s oldest mountains and the potential impact on watersheds beyond the coalfields. It is also intended to gain support for the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310) and the Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696).”

Galie is looking to exhibit his photos in galleries in North Carolina, since the state is one of the top consumers of mountaintop removal coal.

We appreciate your good work, Carl!

To see Carl’s photography, please visit his website.





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  1. Kate Dardine on September 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations to Carl on his win – we are thrilled to help him with this great project. If you would like to know about other projects Art for Conservation is involved in, please visit our website,

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