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Audubon Community Nature Center Announces 2017 Nature Photo Contest Winners
Audubon Community Nature Center Announces 2017 Nature Photo Contest Winners

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center announced the winners of this year’s Nature Photography Contest.

The categories for submission of photographs 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 (New York City and Randolph, New York), “Through the Bench”
  • Youth Plants: Tim Guiteras (Los Angeles, California), “Nature’s Highway”
  • Youth Wildlife: Maddie Nolan (Richardson, Texas), “Singing Meadowlark”


All winners receive a $100 prize. Their photographs will go on exhibit at the Nature Center in time for the Saturday, August 26, Monarch Butterfly Festival.

Contest judge Michael Weishan observed, “​It was my pleasure to judge the entries in the 2017 Audubon Community Nature Center Photo Contest, although selecting the winners was not easy. Therefore, I selected some others that also showed merit.”

The winners and merit images can be seen at acncphotocontest.com. The Judge’s Notes, also there, describe the criteria used in the decision making as well as a few tips to emerging photographers.

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 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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