JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) has announced the six winners and 12 finalists of its 2019 Nature Photography Contest, and Dave Shaffer of Springbrook won the Field Guide Worthy Adult Winner award with his “Safe and Sound.”
All of the winning entries are on exhibit at the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in Jamestown, New York, through August 31.
Audubon used its hometown to choose the categories for this year’s competition. In tribute to the First Lady of Comedy, Jamestown-born Lucille Ball, one of the categories was Naturally Funny: Wildlife photos that make us smile or laugh.
In honor of Roger Tory Peterson, the premier naturalist of the 20th Century who was also born in Jamestown, and the more than 50 Peterson Field Guides, the second contest category was Field Guide Worthy: Photos that could be used for identification in a field guide.
The third category was an opportunity to let the world see where the photographer thinks of as home by entering Naturally Beautiful: The beautiful landscapes where you live.
Winners, finalists, and other submissions can be seen at ACNCPhotoContest.com/2019-Winners. Sales of the photographs on exhibit as well as those in the album support Audubon’s nature education programs that reach thousands of children every year.
Adult Photo Contest entries came from eight countries and 27 states. Youth entries came from nine states and the United Kingdom. Each winner received a $200 cash prize.
In addition to Shaffer’s winning photo, the Naturally Funny Adult Division Winner went to “Bad Hair Day” by Cally Higgenbottom of Chesterfield, United Kingdom, and the Naturally Beautiful winner is “Fireflies: Dancing with the Stars” by D. Arlene Bonnett of Jamestown.
The Naturally Funny Youth Division Winner is “Nap Time” by Katy Read of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Field Guide Worthy Youth Winner is “Pyrrhuloxia” by Zachary Gray of Harlingen, Texas, and the Naturally Beautiful winner is “Vibrant Dahlia” by Lily Mullett of Gillett.
Audubon Community Nature Center
Audubon Community Nature Center “builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.”
More information is at AudubonCNC.org.