Audubon’s Nature Photo Contest Winner Exhibit Opens Saturday

The winners of Jamestown Audubon’s 2014 Nature Photography Contest will be on display at the Audubon Center & Sanctuary beginning Saturday at the Monarch Butterfly Festival.

“We are excited that our winning photographs are ready to exhibit, and it’s great that visitors to this year’s Butterfly Festival will be the first to enjoy them,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director and contest coordinator.

Schlick said both the Photo Contest and the Monarch Festival with its many butterfly-related opportunities and events fulfill Jamestown Audubon’s mission to connect people with nature.

On exhibit will be Nature Photography Contest winners in six categories:

Adult Landscape: Justin Hicks of Anchorage, Ala., “A Reflection of Clouds on the Kenai”

Adult Plants: Sue Lawrence of Birmingham, Ala., “Counting in Color: Stamens & Leaflets of the Mimosa ‘Silk Tree'”

Adult Wildlife: Giorgio Guarraia of Mirano, Italy, “Red-footed Falcons In Love”

Youth Landscape: Frances Gu of Beijing, China, “Crevices”

Youth Plants: Taegan Smith of Frewsburg, “Makin’ Shade”

Youth Wildlife: Shannon Kelley of Amissville, Va., “Rising Up”

Now in its sixth year, the contest has previously received a number of international entries, but this is the first time there have been international winners.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Monarch Butterfly Festival hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing with the release of tagged butterflies to fly to where they winter in Mexico.

Proceeds from the Nature Photography Contest and the festival support Audubon’s environmental education programs.

Photo contest winners will remain on exhibit through the rest of this year and can be seen during the Audubon Center & Sanctuary’s regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about Audubon’s Nature Photography Contest, visit www.jasphotocontest.com.

For details of the Monarch Butterfly Festival call 569-2345 or click on the program listing at www.jamestownaudubon.org.