84-Year-Old Amateur Photographer Beats the Odds

84-Year old Amateur Photographer

John Funderburk showcases his stamp in New York City. — Daniel Afzal


John Funderburk’s photo becomes the ninth of 16 stamps to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. And that is quite a coup!

The Postal Service receives about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year, and only about 25 topics make the cut. Funderburk, who lives in Hernando, Fla., took the photo of a heron in 2009, when he was merely 77. Now it will be immortalized on a National Park Services' forever stamp.

All of the stamps show views of national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects and structures found in or associated with a National Park. They are being revealed over a three-week period this month.

Here’s Funderburk at the ceremony for the stamps at the Javits Center in New York. 

Go, John! 

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