Audubon Community Nature Center 2018 Photography Contest Has Great Prizes

If you haven’t already taken your “best shot,” now is the time to go outside and take some pictures to submit to Audubon Community  Nature Center’s 2018 Nature Photography Contest. Prizes this year are better than ever before. In 2017, Olean photographer Paul G. Barretta’s “Two Birds on Perch,” pictured here, was a winner.

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018
Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) Nature Photography Contest.

This year’s theme is Natural Wonders: Big and Small. You are invited
to submit work that best fits within the concept of the theme.

Nature photographer Bill Smith will judge the entries after the July 31,
2018, submission deadline.

First place winners in both the Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high
school) and Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) divisions will
receive prizes of $300 cash plus $75 gift cards to Delaware Camera
( [1]). Second place winners will receive $100 plus $50
gift cards to Delaware Camera.

ACNC will make and frame prints of the winning photographs that will be
on exhibit at the Nature Center for one year.

Winning photos and 12 finalists (six in each division) will be displayed
indefinitely on the contest website ( [2]) along
with the photographer’s name and city/state/country. Winners will be
named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their
local media, when known.

To foster artistic development, winners and finalists can opt in to
receive a personalized critique from the judge.

In 2017, ACNC Nature Photography Contest winners came from as nearby as neighboring Cattaraugus County in New York and as far away as Hawaii.

Full details of the competition as well as images of previous winners
and finalists can be found at [2].

_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. Visit at 1600
Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown,
N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at __auduboncnc.org_ [3]_._