Spectacular photos won prizes in Jamestown Audubon contest

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“The Last Drop,” taken by Jose Luis Rodriguez of Avila, Spain, was the winner in the Adult Division, Wildlife Category, of the photo contest sponsored by the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center. Photo courtesy Jamestown Audubon

Amazing nature shots from around the world were entered in the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s 2015 Nature Photography Contest.

All winners received a $100 prize.

You can see the winning photos here. The photographs are also on exhibit at the Jamestown Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

The building, with its collection of live animals, interactive exhibits and 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 area, arboretum, and Liberty, the Bald Eagle, are open from dawn until dusk daily.

More than 400 entries were submitted in the Adult Division from 34 states and 12 foreign countries. The Youth Division had 140 entries from 19 states and three foreign countries.

The categories for submissions of photographs were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens and mosses), and Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats). There were Adult and Youth Divisions in each category.

Proceeds from the contest support the Nature Center’s environmental education programs.

The contest aims to connect people with nature.

“You can’t help but be inspired when you see all these stunning images!” said Jennifer Schlick, program director and contest coordinator.

Jurors Deborah Lanni and Bruce Fox observed in their Jurors’ Notes: “We were especially impressed by the work of the young photographers.  Much of this work would compete well against that of more seasoned image-makers.”

The Jamestown Audubon Nature Center’s 2016 contest opens in January.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens also holds a photo contest. Their deadline is Dec. 31, 2015.

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