Spring Fling photo contest snapshots Kings River’s charm

Kings River Conservancy's 12th Annual Spring Fling on the Kings captures talent with photo contest to support Kings River conservation efforts

First place photo for the K-3rd Grade student category, "Late Afternoon on the River" by Ivy Parsons. (Kings River Conservancy)
First place photo for the K-3rd Grade student category, "Late Afternoon on the River" by Ivy Parsons. (Kings River Conservancy)
Karis Caddell
Published May 1, 2024  • 
11:00 am

FRESNO COUNTY – The Spring Fling on the Kings, hosted by the Kings River Conservancy, celebrated its 12th year with a photo contest, live music and vendors, all to support conservation efforts along the Kings River.

The Spring Fling on the Kings was held on April 13 at the Lapp River House in Sanger. In conjunction with the Spring Fling on the Kings, the Conservancy held a photo contest, in which 60 photos were submitted for this year. The winners were announced at the event and the first place photos were put on display.

There were three separate divisions: “K-3rd Grade” students, “7th-12th Grade” students and “Adult Amateur.” Along with rosette ribbons, first place entrants in each division received $100, second place entrants received $75 and third place entrants $25.

The 2024 Photo Contest winners include:

For the K-3rd Grade category, Ivy Parsons got first place for the photo “Late Afternoon on the River;” Makayla Rajskup got second place for “The Path of Kings River” and third place went to Trevor Rajskup for “Riverside Shoreline.”

For the 7th-12th Grade contest, Madilynn Staley took first place for the photo “Lupine.” Second place was awarded to Leslie Hernandez Navarrete for “Catch and Release” and Isabella Lynn Villarreal earned third place for “Take it in.”

As for the Adult Amateur category, first place went to Robert Lutz for catching the photo “The Launch,” while second place went to Whitney Sandersier for “Dew East” and third place was given to Benjamin Ramirez III for “Golden Dawn.”

All photographs were taken along the Kings River between Pine Flat Bridge to Highway 99 in Kingsburg, which is along KRC’s purview – something the Kings River Conservancy calls the “River of Gems.” The subject matters included portraits, action, landscape or animals. KVPR was a sponsor of the event and the photo contest.

More than 200 people attended this event overlooking the Kings River. Proceeds from the sale of lunch, drinks and a silent auction are going to benefit projects such as trail and park maintenance, public safety education and field trips.

“Spring Fling was another beautiful day on the river…gorgeous wildflowers, great music and exhibitions, super food and drink, all with the magnificent Kings flowing by,” Kings River Conservancy Board President Sue Buckley stated in a press release from the Kings River Conservancy.

The Spring Fling on the Kings featured live music from Sycamore Bend throughout the day. Along with other vendors, Fresno Wildlife brought birds and Fresno Flyfishers provided fishing demonstrations.

Taquizas Vasquez provided a popular taco lunch and Greg Lapp featured homebrewed beer.

The Kings River Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging public safety and sound public conservation practices along the Kings River corridor from Pine Flat Dam to Highway 99.  They participate in functions such as invasive species removal, a trout incubator house to release trout into the river, adding warden patrols and maintaining safe public trails and access points along the river, and educational activities for school children and families.

For more information about the Kings River Conservancy contact the Kings River Conservancy at 559-787-9500 or visit www.kingsriverconservancy.org.

Karis Caddell