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Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest
Time to Start Taking Pictures for Audubon Nature Photography Contest

Jamestown, NY – With spring come new growth to wildflowers, plants, and trees, new critters in ponds, fields, woods, and forest, and beautiful landscapes to charm the eye.

What better time to set your eye to your camera and enter Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2017 Nature Photography Contest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is designed to encourage anyone who enjoys doing photography – from beginners to professionals – to enter their images and compete for prizes.

Winners over the years have come from as far away as Beijing, China, and as near-by as just down the road from Audubon’s 600-acre wetland preserve with its more than five miles of trails, native tree arboretum, natural play space, educational gardens, and Liberty, a non-releasable Bald Eagle, in her outdoor enclosure. 

A total of eight cash prizes of $100 each are awarded in two divisions and four categories. The Youth Division is for ages 8-18 or still in high school, Adult is 18 and over or post-high school. Categories are Landscapes, Plants (including trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.), Wildlife (animals in their natural habitats), and Audubon Community Nature Center.

The Audubon Community Nature Center was added last year to encourage taking photos in the building or on the grounds that exemplify the Audubon experience.

Winning photographs will be displayed on the contest website along with the photographer's name and city/state/country. Audubon will make prints of the winners to exhibit at the Nature Center, and winning photographers will be named in a widely-distributed news release including, when known, to their local media.

Full details for the competition can be found at acncphotocontest.com, where images of winners and finalists from previous Nature Photography Contests can also be seen.

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

The Nature Center building is home to the Blue Heron Gift Shop and three floors of interactive exhibits, including live animals that inform and engage visitors of all ages. Building hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sundays 1 to 4:30 p.m. To learn more, visit auduboncnc.org

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.

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