Photo Competition Winners Announced

At the end of 2013 we invited supporters of the green burial movement to participate in the Green Burial Council’s inaugural Photo Competition. We asked participants to submit images of nature that demonstrate the interconnectedness of flora, fauna, and humanity with life and death. We were particularly interested in images that illustrate the benefits of green burial grounds and how they are more than just cemeteries for communities. They serve as nature preserves for individuals to enjoy all aspects of nature (hiking, bird watching, picnicking, photography, flora and fauna identification, etc.)
After wrapping up the Competition and tallying the judges votes, we are pleased to share the winning entry, honorable mentions, and a few submissions that were just too good to not share with our friends and supporters!
GBC certified Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens
Photo by: Carolyn King, OLRC Monument Coordinator 
“This picture, taken at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens, is one that exemplified the coming together of our beautiful natural surroundings and the opportunity for our visitors to reflect on the regeneration of life not only through the process of regeneration of plants and animals but through the spiritual renewal of the Resurrection of life. In the background of this picture you see the focal point of the cemetery, the Resurrection Cross. This cross was created and forged by our owner, Nick Brumder. It is a constant and vivid reminder to all of us the promise of what is to come. At this burial site, and all throughout the property, you have wildflowers that were scattered by the family at our yearly All Souls’ Mass and the natural xeriscaped grounds that preserve the natural beauty of our Texas environment. Whether it be walking our many nature trails, or visiting the pond area that is a certified “Habitat for Butterflies,” we provide our families not only a place to bury their loved ones, but a quiet contemplative place to come and celebrate the life of those they loved.”
Roberta Buchanan and Carolyn King 


Natural Burial Site
GBC certified Joshua Tree Memorial Park
Photo by: Kasey Scott


The Grove GBC certified Duck Run Natural Cemetery 
Photo by: Joe Jennelle


Memory Bench
GBC Certified White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Photo by: Judy Todd

The bench is located at the burial site of the founder of Ekone Ranch, in whose honor White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery began in 2008.


GBC certified 
Duck Run Natural Cemetery 
Photo by: Joe Jennelle

Additional Exemplary Submissions

Mystery Place
GBC Certified White Eagle Memorial Preserve
Photo by: Judy Todd
Maise Trail 
GBC certified Duck Run Natural Cemetery 
Photo by: Joe Jennelle

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Green BurialPhoto Competition Winners Announced