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Congratulations to the winners, judge's choice honorees and finalists of the 2019 Waterman Center #NatureNOW Photo Contest!  We are very honored that you chose to share your images with Waterman Center!

Click on a category heading to view winners.  Scroll down to view all.

Thank you to all who supported our first ever photo contest!  Either through photo submissions, donations, prize sponsorship, advertisement or judging, your support has helped us in our conservation efforts by raising funds to support Waterman Center and our Natural History Through the Lens (NHTL) program.  We could not have done it without you!

Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner

Photographer:  Robert Nowak, Whitebark Pines


Description:  This photo was taken on September hike into the high country of Three Sister wilderness in Oregon. I knew as soon as I took the photo that I would want to convert it to black and white in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. The starkness of the trees combined with the cirrus clouds were really made for a black and white photo. Nikon D800E, Nikon 24mm lens, Really Right Stuff tripod and head.



WinnerRenee DePrato, Galapagos Hawk Taking Off

Judge's ChoiceRenee DePrato, Whiny Chicks, Eastern Phoebe Feeding Hungry Chicks

Finalist 1:  Bernice Lewis, Great Egret in Mating Plumage

Finalist 2:  Linda Seymour, Bald Eagle


Plant Life and Landscapes

WinnerRobert Nowak, Ice on Lake Twenty Two

Judge's ChoiceLars Gesing, Blurred Lines

Finalist 1Frank Martinez, Sycamore Cove Beach

Finalist 2Frank Martinez, Joshua Tree National Park


Wildlife (excluding birds)

WinnerLars Gesing, Solitary

Judge's ChoiceRenee DePrato, Giving Thanks:  Ground Crab Spider with a meal

Finalist 1Renee DePrato, Confidence:  Lava Lizard showing no fear despite its small size

Finalist 2:  Mike Neil:  Susquehanna River Mink


Waterman Properties

WinnerGina Vaughan, Water Droplet at Brick Pond

Judge's Choice:  Linda Seymour, Great Blue Heron of Brick Pond

Finalist:  Linda Seymour, Waterfall at Hilton Road site


People in Nature

WinnerCindy Ruggieri, Canoers at Sunrise

Judge's Choice:  Daniel Krohmalney, Hole in the Ground

Finalist 1Erin Potter, Hiker on Iceline Trail

Finalist 2:  Susan Macharyas, Dawn