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Entries have begun to arrive for Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.
Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration.
“The Photo Contest helps us fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature in two ways,” said Audubon Photo Contest Coordinator Ruby Miller. “The photographer experiences nature while shooting pictures and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature when looking at the often stunning results.”
Prizes are awarded in four categories and two divisions. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school; Adult is 18 and over or post-high school.
Youth and Adult winners in the categories of Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), and Audubon Community Nature Center (photos taken in the building or on the grounds that exemplify the Audubon experience) each receive a $100 cash prize.
Full details for the competition can be found at acncphotocontest.com, where images of winners and finalists from previous Nature Photography Contests can also be viewed.
2016 winners were:
- Adult Landscapes: Wendy Blanchard (Schenectady, New York), “Spirit and Light”
- Adult Plants: Natalie Weber (Glenview, Illinois), “Reaching Beyond”
- Adult Wildlife: Jose Luis Rodriguez (Avila, Spain), “Kingfisher Fishing Reflection”
- Adult Nature Center: Wendy Bale (Jamestown, New York), “Fern Star”
- Youth Landscapes: Andrew Gerace (Novelty, Ohio), “Water on the Rocks”
- Youth Plants: Julia Gong (Cary, North Carolina), “Shadows Amidst the Blaze”
- Youth Wildlife: Nicholas Silberman (New York, New York), “Bubbles”
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
The nature center building is home to the Blue Heron Gift Shop and three floors of interactive exhibits, including live animals that inform and engage visitors of all ages. Winter hours for the building are 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Bald Eagle viewing and trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing are open dawn to dusk every day. To learn more, visit auduboncnc.org
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.