“In the six-year history of the Photo Contest, we’ve had a number of international entries,” said Audubon Program Director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick, “but this is the first time we’ve had international winners. It’s really quite exciting!”
Schlick added that part of the purpose of the contest is to fulfill Jamestown Audubon’s mission to connect people with nature. “We hope to inspire all those who view these lovely images.”
The categories for submissions of photographs were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), and Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), with Adult and Youth (18 and under or still in high school) Divisions in each category.
Entries were submitted digitally. A total of 165 photographers submitted images. Adult photographers from 30 U.S. states and four foreign countries submitted 355 images. Youth from 18 states and four foreign countries made 88 submissions.
Adult Landscape: Justin Hicks (Anchorage, Alaska), “A Reflection of Clouds on the Kenai”
Adult Plants: Sue Lawrence (Birmingham, Alabama), “Counting in Color: Stamens & Leaflets of the Mimosa ‘Silk Tree’”
Adult Wildlife: Giorgio Guarraia (Mirano, Italy), “Red-footed Falcons In Love”
Youth Landscape: Frances Gu (Beijing, China), “Crevices”
Youth Plants: Taegan Smith (Frewsburg, New York), “Makin' Shade”
Youth Wildlife: Shannon Kelley (Amissville, Virginia), “Rising Up”
All winners received a $100 prize.
Finalists came from across the country and around the world as well. The winning images and the finalists can be seen at http://www.jasphotocontest.com.
Proceeds from the contest support Audubon’s environmental education programs.
The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and Blue Heron Gift Shop, is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The grounds, including trails, gardens, picnic tables, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, are open from dawn until dusk daily.
For more information about Jamestown Audubon, call (716) 569-2345 or visit http://www.jamestownaudubon.org.