Jamestown, N.Y. – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is awarding cash prizes to winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Contest. 

A large, multi-colored sign in the front window of the nature center building reminds those who come to enjoy their many outdoor opportunities to “Stay safe, stay sane, and remember to spend time outside for your mental and emotional health.”

A fun and inspiring outdoor activity is taking a photograph that could win one of the Photography Contest prizes and be seen by thousands of people. 

This year’s judge, Alex Shipherd, advises, “The Contest categories leave the field wide open for whatever fascinates you as a nature photographer. Don’t be shy. Search out something that captivates you, and take your best shot!”

Cash prizes of $200 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.

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. 

The six winning photographs 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. 

Deadline for submission of photographs is 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 is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. While the Nature Center building is closed due to COVID-19 per New York State restrictions, the public is welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. Enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and natural play space, walk the six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, while practicing safe social distancing measures. 

To learn more about Audubon, call (716) 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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.