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Reston Photographer Earns Honor

Jim Kirby's aerial shot of Lake Audubon a grand prize winner in U.S. Forest Service contest.

Reston's Jim Kirby won the grand prize in the U.S. Forest Service's "My Neighborhood Forest" contest.

Kirby earned the honor for his photo of an aerial view of Lake Audubon taken in 2008.

The contest had 100 entries and 15 winners, the forest service says.

Kirby said he felt the image of Reston, showing what he called the "amazing forest that we live under," was just what the U.S. Forest Service was looking for. The contest challenged photographers to take a neighborhood photo that showed urban or community forests.

"The real winner here is Reston, which truly is an urban forest," Kirby says.

Kirby has been a resident of Reston since 1981. He was formerly a photojournalist at The Reston Times and he now works as a freelance photographer for many area businesses. He often publishes photos in Reston Magazine.

He is currently working on an e-book about Reston, which he expects to publish in 2014, in conjunction with the community's 50th anniversary. He says it will be a pictorial celebration of Reston today, rather than a history of the town.

See more photos from Kirby on his website: www.jimkirbyphoto.com.

Arja Sahramaa September 02, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Congratulations, Jim! Such a beautiful photo of our beautiful Reston.
Mary Wallin Prochnow September 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Awesome photo Jim - congrats!!!!
John Farrell September 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
A stunning photograph of our city of townhouses in a forest. A well deserved award, Jim.
Maria Allen September 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Really nice! Congratulations!
Adrian Pelzner September 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Adrian Pelzner A great picture capturing the forested environment of Reston from a retired US Forest Service person living in Reston.
Kathi Robinson September 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Congratulations, Jim! Beautiful photo showing what a special place Reston is for all of us to Live, Work & Play!
Kathy September 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
If the Fairfax County government and the developers get their way, those of us who live through the next 30 years will look back on this beautiful photo with much nostalgia. High-density development along the Dulles Corridor will obscure the view of Reston Town Center. The golf courses will be filled with high-density apartments and condominiums. Our clusters will be gone, replaced with eight-story apartment buildings. The village centers will rise up like towering mini-Ballstons. And the forest? It will not longer grace and shelter our beautiful town. Time to wake up Reston. RescueReston.org Kathy Kaplan
Michael Hales September 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I take my kids fishing and kayaking in this lake frequently. Is it possible to get a copy of this photo? Our family has good memories here.

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