Winners in Jamestown Audubon photo contest came from around the world

Jamestown Audubon photo by winner Taegan Smith
The winning photo in the Youth Division, Plants/Fungi Category is “Makin’ Shade” taken by Taegan Smith of Frewsburg. Photo courtesy Jamestown Audubon.

Winners in the Jamestown Audubon’s 2014 Nature Photography Contest came from as near as a few miles from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary to as far away as the other side of the globe.

“In the six-year history of the photo contest, we’ve had a number of international entries, but this is the first time we’ve had international winners,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director and contest coordinator.

The purpose of the contest is to fulfill Jamestown Audubon’s mission to connect people with nature.

“We hope to inspire all those who view these lovely images,” she said.

The deadline for next year’s contest will be June 30, 2015, and entries can be submitted starting Jan. 1.

The categories for submissions of photographs were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens and mosses), and Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats). There were divisions in each category for adult and youth (18 and under or still in high school).

All winners received a $100 prize.

You can see the winning images on the Audubon site.

Winners are:

  • Adult Landscape: Justin Hicks (Anchorage, Alaska), “A Reflection of Clouds on the Kenai”
  • Adult Plants: Sue Lawrence (Birmingham, Alabama), “Counting in Color: Stamens & Leaflets of the Mimosa ‘Silk Tree’”
  • Adult Wildlife:  Giorgio Guarraia (Mirano, Italy), “Red-footed Falcons In Love”
  • Youth Landscape: Frances Gu (Beijing, China), “Crevices”
  • Youth Plants: Taegan Smith (Frewsburg, New York), “Makin’ Shade”
  • Youth Wildlife: Shannon Kelley (Amissville, Virginia), “Rising Up”

Entries were submitted digitally. A total of 165 photographers submitted images. Adult photographers from 30 U.S. states and four foreign countries submitted 355 images. Youth from 18 states and four foreign countries made 88 submissions.

Proceeds from the contest support Audubon’s environmental education programs.

1 Comment on “Winners in Jamestown Audubon photo contest came from around the world

  1. These photos are incredibly beautiful! These people are extremely gifted…the pictures are breathtaking.

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