Audubon Program Director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick noted, “Part of Jamestown Audubon’s mission is to connect people with nature. The breathtaking quality of some of the 2013 photo contest entries will surely inspire the viewer to make that connection!”
The categories for submissions of photographs were Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), and Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), with Adult and Youth (18 and under or still in high school) Divisions in each category.
Entries were submitted digitally. In the Adult Division, 124 photographers submitted 272 photos. Adult photographers came from 25 states in the United States and 10 foreign countries. Twenty-nine youth photographers from 14 different states and two foreign countries made 80 submissions as listed below.
Adult Landscape: Alan Sloyer (Roslyn, N.Y.), “Chinese fishing nets – Kochi, India”
Adult Plants: Ricardo Gilson (Meadville, Pa.), “Hepatica”
Adult Wildlife: James Day (Griffin, Ga.), “Moose in the Aspens”
Youth Landscape: Alan Wei (Setauket, N.Y.), “Old Growth”
Youth Plants: Jaymes Dempsey (Ann Arbor, Mich.), “Coming Autumn”
Youth Wildlife: Jenna Van Kley (Powell, Ohio), “Double-crested Cormorant”
All winners receive $100 plus $50 in photo finishing.
Prints of the winning photographs will be on display for viewing by visitors to the Saturday, Aug. 31 Monarch Butterfly Festival at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.
Finalists came from as far away as Brazil, Italy, Taiwan and India. The winning images as well as the finalists can be seen at www.jasphotocontest.com.
Proceeds from the contest support Audubon’s environmental education programs. The contest is sponsored by Main Street Photo of Bowling Green, Ohio (www.bgmainstreetphoto.com).