Audubon Announces 2022 Community Choice Nature Photo Contest Winners

The Community Choice winners have been determined for the Audubon Community Nature Center 2022 Nature Photography Contest. "Four Course Dinner" (left) by Pat Frantz Cercone of Bradford, Pa., is the Adult winner. "Namibian Shadows" by Ethan Romer of Park City, Utah, took the honors for Youth.

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The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) 2022 Nature Photography Contest Community Choice Adult winner is Pat Frantz Cercone of Bradford, Pa., whose “Four Course Dinner” was in the Fauna category.

The Youth winner, entered in the category of Landscapes/Waterscapes, is “Namibian Shadows” by Ethan Romer of Park City, Utah.

Community Choice winners received the most votes on the contest website at Three more Youth and three Adults received finalist recognition.

Youth (ages 8 to 18) and Adult (ages 19 and older) entries were submitted in the categories of Fauna and Landscapes/Waterscapes. Fauna included any wild animal. Landscapes/Waterscapes could be mountains, forests, fields, deserts, oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks and more.

Adult finalists are:

  • “Majestic Bald Eagle on Allegheny River” (Fauna) by Daniel Jordan, Allegany, N.Y.
  • “First Light” (Landscapes/Waterscapes) by Mary Carlson, Ashville, N.Y.
  • “Summer Swallowtail” (Fauna) by Lyn Marsh, Westfield, N.Y.

Youth finalists are:

  • “Silent Morning” (Landscapes/Waterscapes) by Nicholas Bettwy, New York, N.Y.
  • “Downy in a Magnolia” (Fauna) by Abigail Bullaro, Panama, N.Y.
  • “Rushing Waterfall” (Landscapes/Waterscapes) by Gillian Taverna, Fredonia, N.Y.

A panel of judges is currently reviewing all the contest entries – including the Community Choice winners – to determine the Adult and Youth judged winners and finalists in the categories of Fauna and Landscapes/Waterscapes. Those decisions will be announced when the judging is complete.

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

Details of the competition and images of all the entries are at

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. Visitors can enjoy the grounds, with its six miles of trails, and visit Audubon’s three non-releasable birds of prey, dawn to dusk daily, free of charge.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the new 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 enjoy free building admission daily, and building admission is free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members as well.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit Current COVID requirements can be found at the COVID-19 Notice on that webpage.