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!
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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 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.
Winner: Renee DePrato, Galapagos Hawk Taking Off
Judge's Choice: Renee 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
Winner: Robert Nowak, Ice on Lake Twenty Two
Judge's Choice: Lars Gesing, Blurred Lines
Finalist 1: Frank Martinez, Sycamore Cove Beach
Finalist 2: Frank Martinez, Joshua Tree National Park
Wildlife (excluding birds)
Winner: Lars Gesing, Solitary
Judge's Choice: Renee DePrato, Giving Thanks: Ground Crab Spider with a meal
Finalist 1: Renee DePrato, Confidence: Lava Lizard showing no fear despite its small size
Finalist 2: Mike Neil: Susquehanna River Mink
Winner: Gina 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
Winner: Cindy Ruggieri, Canoers at Sunrise
Judge's Choice: Daniel Krohmalney, Hole in the Ground
Finalist 1: Erin Potter, Hiker on Iceline Trail
Finalist 2: Susan Macharyas, Dawn
First Place: Lucas Wagner
Second Place: Emily Solowiej
Third Place: Abby McHugh
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