Top winners in the Jamestown Audubon's 2014 Nature Photography Contest came from as near as a few miles from the Audubon Center and 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," said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director and contest coordinator, "but this is the first time we've had international winners. It's really quite exciting."
Schlick added that part of the purpose of the contest is to fulfill Jamestown Audubon's mission to connect people with nature.
Top winners of the 2014 Jamestown Audubon Nature Photography Contest came from as far away as the other side of the globe and as nearby as a few miles from the Audubon Center. The winning photo in the Youth Division, Plants/Fungi Category is “Makin’ Shade” taken by Taegan Smith of Frewsburg.
"We hope to inspire all those who view these lovely images," she said.
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. 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.
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), "Makin' Shade"
Youth Wildlife: Shannon Kelley (Amissville, Virginia), "Rising Up"
All winners received a $100 prize.
Finalists came from across the country and around the world as well. The winning images and the finalists can be seen at www.jasphotocontest.com.
Proceeds from the contest support Audubon's environmental education programs.
For more information about Jamestown Audubon, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.