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FWC recognizes nature photographer John Spohrer Jr.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676, ext. 211

Meeting in Apalachicola today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized local resident and outdoors photographer John B. Spohrer Jr.

Spohrer, who lives in Apalachicola, is an outstanding nature-scene and wildlife photographer. He has written two books about Florida's Forgotten Coast, which includes Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties. His books reflect natural scenes and wildlife, particularly bird life along the coast.

The talented photographer and writer is also the owner of Forgotten Coast TV. He started the channel in 2005. St. George Cable (Channel 9) carries it and streams it live on Spohrer's cable channel is dedicated to environmental education, eco-exploring and explaining the rich history and culture of the area.

"We try and identify a local artist who portrays the great wildlife and fish resources of an area through pencil, painting and bronze. John does this and more through his incredible photography," said Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto.

Spohrer is a Florida Master Naturalist and a member of the North American Nature Photography Association. His photographs depicting the area's wild creatures and wild places have won numerous awards.

Spohrer graduated from Louisiana State University in 1969 with a degree in journalism. After serving in the U.S. Army, he and his wife, Helen, moved to Franklin County in 1980. Both of them ardently support the Franklin County Humane Society.

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