See winning entries in two local nature photo contests

Photo of bench by pond won contest
“Through the Bench,” pictured here, is a winner in Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest. The image was captured by New York City resident Kyra Bettwy who spends summers in Randolph, New York, and makes frequent visits to Audubon. Photo courtesy Audubon Community Nature Center

See the winning entries in two Western New York photo contests.

Pfeiffer Nature Center will hold a photography show in conjunction with its photo contest next weekend.

You can see the winners here of this year’s Nature Photography Contest, sponsored by the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Pfeiffer Nature Center

Pfeiffer Nature Center will hold its photography show  from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the historic chestnut cabin at the center, 14 South Main St., Portville.

The new deadline to submit photos is Friday, Sept. 15. See details on entering here.

Admission is free.

The event is being held in conjunction with its Four Season Photo Contest. Activities include a cabin open house, display of the contest entries, painting demonstration by internationally recognized artist Jennifer Miller and an opportunity to chat with local photographer Adam Miller as he offers tips for getting great photographs out of your cellphone camera.

Nature Photography Contest sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center

All winners received a $100 prize in the Nature Photography Contest sponsored by the Audubon Community Nature Center.

Selecting winners wasn’t easy, said contest judge Michael Weishan, so he also selected additional entries that showed merit.

The categories were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), and Audubon Community Nature Center, with Adult and Youth (18 and under or still in high school) Divisions in each category.

The 2017 winners are:

  • Adult Landscape: Lee Scott (Hanapepe, Hawaii), “Pop the Top”
  • Adult Nature Center: Paul G. Barretta (Olean, New York), “Two Birds on Perch”
  • Adult Plants: Kathleen Furey (South Riding, Virginia), “Lotus with Leaf”
  • Adult Wildlife: Gino Symus (Boortmeerbeek, Belgium), “Baby Seal”
  • Youth Landscape: Chloe Pinkston (New York, New York), “Overlooking Grand Prismatic Spring”
  • Youth Nature Center: Kyra Bettwy (Randolph, New York), “Through the Bench”
  • Youth Plants: Tim Guiteras (Los Angeles, California), “Nature’s Highway”
  • Youth Wildlife: Maddie Nolan (Richardson, Texas), “Singing Meadowlark”

Entries were submitted from 21 states in the United States and eight foreign countries. Winners came from across the United States, including Hawaii, as well as London and Belgium; those receiving merit recognition also came from China and Switzerland.

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

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

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