JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The response to the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) 2021 Nature Photography Contest was truly international.
Entries came from 17 countries, representing five continents, as well as from more than 30 states. Winners came from across the country and finalists from around the world, including Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Australia.
The 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners are:
Adult Division Fauna: "A Preening Beauty" by Cami Marculescu, Charleston, S.C.
Adult Division Flora: "Water Lilies and Reeds" by Michael Weishan, Cattaraugus, N.Y.
Adult Division Landscape/Waterscape: "The Z Tree" by Luis Forte, Miami, Fla.
Youth Division Fauna: "Rainbows in the Dark" by Loughran Cabe, Raphine, Va.
Youth Division Flora: "Floral Warp" by Logan Rettaliata, Baltimore, Md.
Youth Division Landscape/Waterscape: "Gold" by Andrew Taylor, Foster City, Calif.
Each winning photographer received a $200 cash prize. Their photographs will be on display at the Nature Center in Jamestown, N.Y.
Images could be entered by youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) and adults (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) in any of three categories: Fauna (any wild animal, no photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoos, or rehab animals), Flora (all plants, fungi, lichens, etc.), and Landscapes/Waterscapes (mountains, forests, fields, deserts, etc.; oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, etc.).
Photographers receiving finalist recognition in the Adult Division are Barbara Del Monte, Forestville, New York; Richard Feliciano, Fort Lee, New Jersey; Luis Forte, Miami, Florida; Kathleen Furey, South Riding, Virginia (for two entries); Ricardo Gilson, Meadville, Pennsylvania; Bob Henderson, Mountain View, California; Bruno Kneubuehler, Messen, Switzerland; and Erika Miura, Ishigaki City, Okinawa, Japan.
Finalists in the Youth Division are Zachary Gray, Harlingen, Texas; Yohan Hong, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Anandita Mitra, Cumming, Georigia; Cian O'Hagan, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; Rohan Sajeev, Plymouth, Minnesota (for two entries); Makayla Seawood, Lancaster, New York; Andrew Taylor, Foster City, California; and Kale Worman, Neilburg, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Fine art nature photographer Karen Glosser judged this year's competition. Winning and finalist images followed by "Notes From the Judge" can be viewed at ACNCPhotoContest.com/2021winners.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
Visitors can enjoy the grounds, with its six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon's non-releasable Bald Eagle, dawn to dusk daily, free of charge.
The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the new Hellbender exhibit, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members enjoy free building admission daily, and building admission is free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members as well.
To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org. Current COVID requirements can be found at the COVID-19 Notice on that webpage.