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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 20, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Bryan Hoffman, Publisher, Wonderful West Virginia 304-558-5546 Bryan.M.Hoffman@wv.gov


June Wonderful West Virginia celebrates sesquicentennial with all-photo “A Day in the Life” issue and release of new iPad version

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The June 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, celebrates its namesake’s 150th anniversary of statehood with a special “Day in the Life” issue featuring nearly 100 photos provided by readers. They were chosen by magazine staff from more than 5,000 entries submitted by nearly 1,000 photographers. The requirement was that each photo capture a moment of West Virginia life on a single day, September 15, 2012.

            “As we began to look at the photographs, we were awed by their beauty and breadth,” said Clayton Spangler, the magazine’s photography editor. “Some photographers captured the ordinary goings-on of hometown life. For others, it seemed our request had become a personal quest, as they traveled the state from one end to the other in search of special images. In the end, there were far more outstanding ones than we had room for in this issue. Deciding which ones to publish was very difficult.”

             The cover for this special issue was chosen by the public from among entries narrowed down to four by magazine staff. The winner is a delightful photograph of young cousins Drew and Lyla Davis, taken at 5:04 p.m. by their grandfather, Roger Davis of Parkersburg, at the Butcher Family Farm in Washington, Wood County.

Read Wonderful West Virginia on your iPad

            As part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, Wonderful West Virginia will enter the digital world by becoming available in June in a version for the iPad. Subscriptions to the iPad version will be offered at an annual rate of $12 for 12 issues. Regular print subscriptions remain $18 for one year, or combined subscriptions for both versions are available for $20 per year.

            “With so many people using tablets today, we think the iPad version of the magazine will be a popular addition to the print version,” said Bryan Hoffman, publisher of Wonderful West Virginia for the Division of Natural Resources. “Now the outstanding photography and articles that are the magazine’s hallmarks are just a touch away. Also, West Virginians who live out of the country can now subscribe. If the response to the iPad version is good, we will consider versions for other electronic platforms.  Subscribers to the iPad version will receive the special June issue and the April and May issues, at no additional cost.” 

            Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the state’s premier full-color magazine of outdoor adventure, is published monthly by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It is available at newsstands for $3 a copy, or by subscription by calling 1-800-225-5982 or online at www.wonderfulwv.com. Follow on Facebook at Wonderful West Virginia Magazine.

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