New Category in Audubon Nature Center Photo Contest

 In 2015, Ashville, New York, photographer Lynda Younker's "Poppies," shown here, was recognized as a finalist in the Adult Plants category of Audobon's Photo Contest.
In 2015, Ashville, New York, photographer Lynda Younker’s “Poppies,” shown here, was recognized as a finalist in the Adult Plants category of Audobon’s Photo Contest.

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Now in its sixth year, the Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 Nature Photography Contest is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images for consideration by the June 30 deadline.

“Part of our mission is to connect people with nature,” said Nature Center program director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick. “The photo contest helps us fulfill that mission in two ways: The photographer connects with nature while making images, and the viewer becomes inspired to connect with nature by seeing the images.”

The contest gives photographers an outlet to share their work and have it judged, while also raising funds to support the many education programs of the Nature Center.

“We’re excited to be adding a new category to the contest this year that will be of particular interest to area residents,” Schlick added.
Prizes will be 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 – for the first time — Jamestown Audubon Nature Center (photos taken in the building or on the grounds that exemplify the Nature Center experience) will each receive a $100 cash prize.

Images of winners and finalists from previous Nature Photography Contests can be viewed at, where full details for the competition can also be found.

The Audubon Nature Center 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 the 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.

To learn more about the Audubon Nature Center and its many programs, visit