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Former Herald-Leader photo intern has work selected to appear on a Forever stamp

Justin Fowler’s photo of a monarch butterfly and goldenrod will appear on a Forever stamp.
Justin Fowler’s photo of a monarch butterfly and goldenrod will appear on a Forever stamp. USPS

A photo by Justin Fowler, a former Herald-Leader intern photographer and Columbia native, will appear on a United States Postal Service Forever stamp. Each year, the Postal Service receives 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas, but only 20 to 25 topics make the cut.

Fowler’s photo of a monarch butterfly and a goldenrod will appear as one of the stamps paying tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators. The stamps depict two of the continent’s most iconic pollinators: the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee.

“It is truly an honor to have an image on a USPS stamp that is also raising the public’s awareness of a topic such as the importance of pollinators,” said Fowler, a photojournalist at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.

To see more images from Fowler’s monarch butterfly assignment, go to Visuals.sj-r.com/monarch-butterfly-migration-sept-16-2015.

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