Audubon photography winners’ works on display

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

Audubon Program Director and contest coordinator Jennifer Schlick stated, “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!”

Schlick noted that both the Photo Contest and the Monarch Festival with its many butterfly-related opportunities and events plus great food and fun 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 (Anchorage, Alaska), “A Reflection of Clouds on the Kenai”

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

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

Youth Landscape: Frances Gu (Beijing, China), “Crevices”

Youth Plants: Taegan Smith (Frewsburg, N. Y.), “Makin’ Shade”

Youth Wildlife: Shan-non Kelley (Amissville, Va.), “Rising Up”

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

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, Pa.

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, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 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, click on the program listing at www.jamestownaudubon.org. or call 569-2345.