The contest is open to photographers from around the world ages 8 and over. Contestants must be able to prepare digital files according to the guidelines below, fill out an online entry form which includes uploading the photograph files, and pay an entry fee of $10 per photo. Contestants must also have access to a valid email address for communication with contest officials.
Prizes will be awarded in two divisions:
* Adult: age 18 or older, or out of high school
* Youth: ages 8 to 18, or still in high school
Photographers may submit as many photos as they like in any or all of four (4) categories:
2- Plants (includes trees, fungi, lichens, mosses, etc.)
3- Wildlife - animals in their natural habitats
The above categories can be taken anywhere in the world!
4- Audubon Community Nature Center - photos taken in the building or on the grounds at 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701
Prizes & Recognitions
There will be 1 prize per division per category -
a total of eight (8) prizes.
Each winner will receive:
- Cash Prize: $100
- Photos of winners and finalists will be displayed on this website along with the photographer's name and city/state/country.
- Audubon will make prints of the winning photographs to display at the Nature Center for one year.
Files must be in JPG format. Any aspect ratio is acceptable, but please size the file so that the longest dimension is 1500 pixels and set the quality to “high.”
In order to ensure anonymous judging, please include
no signatures or watermarks that would reveal the
name of the photographer on the photo itself.
Filenames should be constructed as follows:
D = Division (A for Adult or Y for Youth)
C = Category (L for Landscape, P for Plants/Fungi, W for Wildlife, or N for Nature Center)
Title = title of photograph (for example, Green Frog
Photographer = your name.
Example: The photo pictured above the Copyright section would have the following filename:
Y-W-Frog in Pond-Shannon Kelley.jpg
Each year, volunteers step forward to judge our contest. The 2017 contest will be judged by Michael Weishan.
Michael maintains a part-time photography business specializing in nature, fine art and location/lifestyle portrait photography. He values the diversity in nature, seeing the patterns and textures in the chaos of nature, and observing interplay of wildlife.
His interest in nature photography developed in 1970 after reading In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World, a book of photographs by Eliot Porter accompanied by selected passages from Thoreau’s Walden Pond. He furthered that interest after military service through a correspondence course on photography. He has attended seminars by Leonard Lee Rue, John and Barbara Gerlach and other nature and wildlife photographers. While a member of the Professional Photographers of the State of New York, he attended workshops, conferences and worked behind the scenes during print competition judging. He continues developing his skills through workshops, seminars, publications and his association with other professionals.
At the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, he volunteers as a photo archivist.
The photographer retains full copyright to his or her images. However, participation in the contest requires the contestant to give Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) permission to use the photographs without compensation on the Contest Website as well as on other ACNC websites and in news releases which may appear in print or on third party websites for the purpose of publicizing the contest. ACNC will always include the photographer's name when using a photograph for any purpose.
A Note on Prize Money
Winners will receive prizes as a check sent by U.S. Mail. Other arrangements can be made, if requested.