District 49A Lion photo featured in Lions International Environmental Calendar

A photo of a giant salmon sculpture made from ocean debris taken by Lion Walt Hays was selected for publication in the 2017 Lions Environmental Photo Calendar. The contest, open to Lions world-wide, depicts scenes from our beautiful, common and fragile environment.

The sculpture of a salmon at least ten feet in length was joint project of marine biology and art students at Kodiak High School. The marine biology students collected several tons of ocean trash as part of their field work; the art students then created the colorful sculpture “Igallluk the Salmon” made of plastic foam, floats, totes, buckets ropes, gloves. etc.

Hays states, “My wife, JoAnn Shore and I were so impressed with the creativity of the students when we saw the sculpture at the harbor during our Mid-Winter Conference in Kodiak this past November. I had taken a photo of the Ophelia the Octopus sculpture made by the Kodiak students on earlier tip to Kodiak and entered it in the photo contest for the 2014 Lions Calendar. It appeared in small format on the inside back cover. (That sculpture is now on view at the Seward Sea Life Center.) I shared my good fortune about the salmon photo by sending a letter of appreciation to the teachers and students at Kodiak HS along with a copy of the calendar.”

Walt’s photo is the month of January in the Lions Calendar. Walt is a member of the Anchorage Mt. McKinley Lions and serves as the International Relations Chr. for the district.

Walt’s photo is the month of January in the Lions Calendar. Walt is a member of the Anchorage Mt. McKinley Lions and serves as the International Relations Chr. for the district.