June 30 is deadline for Audubon photo contest; photo workshop set for June 20

Mushrooms by Elizabeth Miller courtesy Audubon Nature Center
“Mushrooms” by Elizabeth Miller of Meadville, PA, was a finalist in the 2014 competition of the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown. Photo courtesy Audubon Nature Center

The deadline is Tuesday, June 30  for submitting photographs to the Audubon Nature Center’s 2015 Nature Photography Contest.

You can choose photographs from your collection or shoot new ones.

Photographers with any level of experience can enter. All submissions are made online.

The Youth Division is for people ages 8-18 or who are still in high school;  the Adult Division is for people 18 and over or are post-high school.

Youth and Adult winners in the three categories of Landscapes, Plants and Wildlife each receive a $100 cash prize. Photographs by the winners and finalists will be displayed online, and prints of the winning photos will be displayed at the Audubon Nature Center. All winning entries are announced in a widely-circulated news release, including to their hometown newspapers.

The entry fee is $10 per photograph. All funds raised by the Nature Photography Contest support the environmental education programs of the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345

If you own a camera and want to improve your skills as a photographer, attend the intensive photography workshop at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., Jamestown.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend four different sessions on subjects including Fun with Macro, Comparing and Using Photo Editing Software, Looking Good – Ideas for Composition, Meet Your Neighbors – Photography for Conservation, Pet Portraits with Personality, SLR Manual Mode Crash Course, Sun Pictures, Black and White Conversions, Improving Landscapes with HDR, Gear Geeks!, Creating Composite Images Using Photoshop, iPhone-o-Graphy, and Insect Photography.

Presenting photographers are Bruce Fox, Deb Lanni, Twan Leenders, Gary Lester, Jeremy Martin, Cathy Panebianco, Sandra Rothenberg, Kathleen Tenpas, Kimberly Turner, and Michael Weishan. All have had their work exhibited and/or published and have been professional presenters.

The fee for the day is $66 for the public or $50 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations with payment are required by Tuesday, June 16. Call (716) 569-2345 or use the on-line form.

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