Jamestown, N.Y. – With so many people practicing social distancing and spending more time at home, Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) in Jamestown, N.Y., has extended the deadline for submissions to its 2020 Nature Photography Contest.

“With better weather for many of us, we’re hoping that extending the deadline to August 31 will encourage photographers both young and old to grab their phones or cameras, head outside, and take their best shot,” said ACNC Executive Director Leigh Rovegno. “Parents, this is also a great opportunity to keep your kids learning, being creative, and getting some fresh air! There is so much for kids to learn through the lens of a camera, including the use of light, photo composition, and of course nature identification and appreciation.”

A $200 cash prize will be awarded to winners in both the Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) and Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) divisions in all three categories of:

  • Wildlife Portraits: any wild animal. No photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoos, or rehab animals.
  • Macro Abstracts: anything that is natural/wild such as flowers, insects, leaves, water droplets, eyes/feathers of animals, close-up textures in nature, etc.
  • Habitats and Landscapes: places that any wild animals live in and/or waterfalls, sunsets, mountains, etc.

The 6 winning photographs, three youth and three adults, and 12 finalists, six youth and six adults, will be displayed indefinitely on the contest website along with the photographer’s name and city/state/country. ACNC will print the winning photographs to exhibit in the Nature Center, and winners will be named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their local media, when known. 

Deadline for submission of photographs is Monday, August 31, 2020. 

Full details of the competition as well as images of previous winners and finalists can be found at ACNCPhotoContest.com

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., online at AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.