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NatureScapes 2017 Photo Contest Winners Announced

on October 4, 2017 - 8:58am
First Place: Virga, Cliff Wood
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The results are in, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has announced the winners of the 2017 NatureScapes photo competition.
 
Each year, NMMNHS choses a theme for the photo contest that encourages contestants to examine and understand New Mexico’s natural beauty. This year’s theme - “Water” - invited photographers to explore and re-discover nature throughout the state. Winning photographs will hang in the gallery from Oct. 21 through January 19, 2018.
 
Appropriate to our desert environment, “Water” highlights the importance of water and encouraged participants to think broadly about the topic while remaining focused on natural areas across New Mexico.
 
This year’s winners are:
  • First Place: Virga, Near Watrous, N.M., Cliff Wood
  • Second Place: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake State Park, Michael Shaw,
  • Honorable Mention: Frog, Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve, Santa Fe, Noreen O’Brien,
  • Student First Place: Parched, Los Griegos Lateral Acequia, Albuquerque, Colin Ross
  • Student Second Place: A Little Buggie, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Axel Smith
  • Student Honorable Mention: Thirsty Ants, Cañoncito, at Apache Canyon, near Santa Fe, Leo Unzicker
 
Photographs are judged by local experts and prizes are supported by the NMMNH Foundation. Each year, the Museum hangs 30 photographs; this year’s NatureScapes competition received nearly 100 submissions from photographers across New Mexico. The Museum encourages children to participate with special prizes for students (under 18).
 
“Photographers let their imagination and their hiking boots guide their choices for submissions this year,” Ayesha Burdett, Bioscience Curator said. “We have a great exhibit showing diverse natural areas in the state, from snowy mountains to parched rivers. Our judges did a great job selecting 30 special photographs from so many entries.”
 
“Every year, the Museum looks forward to seeing how photographers will interpret these changing naturalist themes,” Museum Executive Director, Margie Marino said.  “This exhibition provides professional and amateur photographers from the community with an opportunity to express their passion and love for the New Mexico environment through their work. All visitors will find meaningful connections to the through the eyes of these inspired photographers.”
 
A reception for the winning photographers will be held at the Museum from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 21.
 
Second Place: Sun Sets Over the Waters of Navajo Lake, East Arm shore, Navajo Lake State Park, Michael Shaw
 
Student First Place: Parched, Los Griegos Lateral Acequia, Albuquerque, Colin Ross
 
Student Second Place: A Little Buggie, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, Axel Smith
 
Student Honorable Mention: Thirsty Ants, Cañoncito, Apache Canyon near Santa Fe, Leo Unzicker
 
Honorable Mention: Frog, Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve, Santa Fe, Noreen O’Brien

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