2022 Audubon Nature Photo Contest Winners Announced

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"Family Portrait" by Jamie Johnston of Woodland, Colorado, took top honors in the Adult Fauna category of the Audubon Community Nature Center 2022 Nature Photography Contest.

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A panel of judges has named the winners and honorable mentions of the Audubon Community Nature Center 2022 Nature Photography Contest. Recognitions went to those from nearby to across the country, and even one in Europe.

“Family Portrait,” by Jamie Johnston of Woodland, Colorado, was the winner in the Adult – ages 19 and older – Fauna Category. Fauna included any wild animal.

The Youth – ages 8 to 18 – Fauna winner was “Spring Peeper,” by Benjamin Genter of Columbus, Indiana.

Christopher Baker of Madison, Alabama, won the Adult Landscapes category with his “Cheaha Sunset.” Landscapes/Waterscapes could be mountains, forests, fields, deserts, oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks and more.

“Nature’s Aura,” by Ethan Romer of Park City, Utah, was the Youth Landscape Winner. Romer’s “Namibian Shadows” was a Youth Landscape honorable mention.

“Namibian Shadows” also took the Youth prize in the previously announced Community Choice awards, determined by voters on the contest website. The Adult Community Choice prize went to Pat Frantz Cercone of Bradford, Pennsylvania, whose “Four Course Dinner” was in the Fauna category.

All winners received $200 cash prizes, and their photographs will be on display at the Nature Center in Jamestown, N.Y.

Details of the competition are at GoGoPhotoContest.com/ACNCPhotoContest, where images of all the entries can be found under “Participate.” The Leaderboard at the bottom of the home page shows the rankings of the Community Choice votes.

The 2022 contest had four judges, whose numerical scores were averaged to determine the winners and honorable mentions. Details of their process and the backgrounds of each can be found under “About” at that same site.

Adult Fauna Honorable Mentions are “A Double Crawfish Snack” by Cami Marculescu of Charleston, South Carolina; “Cheetah with Cubs” by Johan Willems of Zonhoven, Belgium; and “Respect” by Glenn Ostle of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Youth Fauna Honorable Mentions went to “Friends, Siblings, Anything” and “Injured Coyote in Yellowstone,” both by Lauryn Socha of East Aurora, New York; and “Downy in a Magnolia,” also a finalist in the Community Choice awards, by Abigail Bullaro of Panama, N.Y..

Adult Landscape Honorable Mentions are “Imperial’s Sunrise” by Arlene Bonnett of Jamestown, New York; “Mirror Beach” by Robert Nowak of Bothell, Washington; and “First Snow, Canadian Rockies” by Jack Voelker of Dewittville, New York.

In addition to Romer, Youth Landscape Honorable Mentions are “Silent Morning” by Nicholas Bettwy of New York, New York, and “Nature Mirror” by Louis Chang of Bloomfield, Michigan.

Funds raised from the contest help support the more than 1,400 nature education programs that ACNC offers annually throughout both Chautauqua and Warren Counties.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. You can visit the nearly 600-acre nature preserve, check in on the live birds of prey, enjoy the natural play space, and hike, snowshoe or cross country ski the more than five miles of trails dawn until dusk daily for free.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org, where you will find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page.