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Picturing Peace – Photos of the Good Life (+ giveaway winner!)

Picture Peace
Written by Leslie Means

Update:  Our winner is…

Michele Winkelmann

Congrats, Michele!  Please send me an e-mail to [email protected] for the details.  There’s still time for you all to upload your photos!  Thanks everyone!



What does peace look like to you?  Share your photo for a chance to have your picture professionally framed – plus, your image could be displayed at a public exhibition at the Merryman Performing Arts Center.

Here’s how to enter.  

1.  Tag a friend on Facebook who needs to know about this!  (Here’s the direct link.)  Your tag will get you and your friend entered – but be sure you each do part 2!  

2.  Head on over to and upload your photo.  

Contest ends on Friday, July 10 at 5:00 pm.  Winner chosen at random.  We’ll announce the winner of the framed photograph on Saturday, July 11 on this post and on social media.  

Deadline to upload your photos for the Picturing Peace project is August 15.  

Good Luck!  We can’t wait to see your peaceful view.  Learn more details below.   



Picturing Peace is a new project sponsored by Buffalo County Community Partners’ United Against Violence coalition

“The United Against Violence Coalition decided to give everyone an opportunity get in on the discussion about what a peaceful world looks like,” said Community Partners’ Violence Prevention Coordinator Mark Foradori. “That is, how do people in our area support one another and live in harmony with nature?”

Buffalo County residents and visitors are invited to submit photos and captions at between now and August 15 with the theme of “Picturing Peace in Buffalo County.”  Photos can highlight issues of inclusion, caring, and security between the people of Buffalo County. They can inspire the people to recognize our interdependence with one another and deepen healthy and mutually supportive habits and relationships. They can show the ways in which our culture thrives in harmony with nature. Whatever peace looks like to you, it can be part of Picturing Peace.

Professional photographers, hobbyists, and anyone with a camera and access to the internet is invited to submit their photos. The submissions will by juried by a group of PhotoVoice students in August and their selections will be shown at a public exhibition at the Merryman Performing Arts Center on International Peace Day, September 21. 

“Taking interesting pictures is important,” said Foradori, “but sharing ideas about the things we care about and ways to make them better is the real point of the project.”

To learn more about the Picturing Peace Project, visit or call Buffalo County Community Partners Violence Prevention Coordinator Mark Foradori at 308-865-2290.

United Against Violence is bringing together parents, child care professionals, educators, school counselors, mental health professionals, youth pastors and law enforcement personnel to exchange ideas and combine our efforts to keep children safe and help them to become successful in our schools and community. Specifically, we work to promote and support trauma-informed care training for those who work with youth, peer mentoring through the Friends program, social/emotion education with the Second Step curriculum and promote community connections through PhotoVoice. To learn more about United Against Violence visit our web page at

Buffalo County Community Partners is a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County through the promotion of the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The 2020 Vision introduces five strategic directions and targets for attainment by the year 2020. For more information on how you can assist in building a healthier Buffalo County, visit


About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.

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