2016 Nature Photography Contest at Prime Hook
This has been a very popular fall annual event for approximately the past ten years. It is put on by the Friends, with help from Refuge staff. Liz and Lew Dumont began the contest, and it is now run by Michael Short. For a full size image of the brochure click HERE.
For a complete set of the 2016 rules, which includes entry fee, how to mount photos, etc. click RULES.
Ed Norman and Best of Show
Weston Williams winner of Junior Student Category
The Friends' group would like to thank this year's panel of judges for their assistance.
Photographers David Koster, Ken Arni and Ron MacArthur donated their time and expertise. Kevin Fleming also donated photography books as prizes and Apple Electric offered advice and possible help to improve lighting in the auditorium.
The Friends' group would also like to thank the refuge staff and the many volunteers who help make the contest possible each fall. If you didn't enter this year, please consider joining us and sharing some of your photography for next year's contest.
2016 Contest Winners
Ed Norman has won the "Best In Show" category for the second year in a row in the Friends of Prime Hook U.S. Wildlife Refuge Nature Photography Contest.
The annual contest showcases much of the finest nature photography on the Delmarva Peninsula and attracted approximately 235 entries in seven different categories. This year's contest opened on October 23 with an opening reception at the refuge auditorium and will be open to the public until Sunday, Dec. 11.
The contest is open to all photographers, including separate categories for students. There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities. Categories include the Beauty of Prime Hook, Native Flowers and Plants, Native Birds, Native Wildlife and Delmarva Scenery.
Come see some of the best nature photography in the region. Photos can be viewed every day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until December 11. There is no admission charge, but prepare to be wowed.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
The show is open to visitors and offers soaring vistas of some of the most scenic areas and wildest residents of the area. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite photo, which will then receive a "People's Choice Award" at the conclusion of the show.
Norman's photo of a young fox won high praise from this year's judges. The photo won particular attention for it's near-perfect focus from each hair on the fox's neck to the front of its' snout and teeth. "It just grabbed me," said one judge.
"He knocked it out of the park," added one judge.
Also winning high praise was 11-year-old Weston Williams. Williams is a double winner in the junior student category and his spider web photo was praised for its' near perfect lighting. Williams also won the junior category last year.
Sara Figurski won the senior student category for a beautiful cardinal set against a snowstorm. Figurski is a fixture in the annual contest and has won prizes for several years. Her father, Scott Figurski, is also a talented photographer who entered this year's competition.
Here is the list of this year's winners:
Best In Show - Ed Norman - "Portrait of a Young Fox"
1. Charlie Walker
2. Ed Norman
3. Geoffrey Blakely
Honorable Mentions - Charlie Walker (two awards)
1. Arno Loessner - "Let's Play"
2. Geoffrey Blakely
3. Dan Laughman
Honorable Mentions - Dave Tally and Keri Fisher
Native Plants and Flowers
1. Deb Payette - "Nature's Firewall"
2. Geoffrey Blakely
3. Keith Steck
Honorable Mentions - Sandy Morgan and Robert Pilkington
1. Dave Tally - "Bombay Hook Sunrise"
2. T. J. Williams
3. Susan McFarlin
Honorable Mentions - Dave Tally, Dottie Teixiera and Ed Norman
Beauty of Prime Hook
1. Deborah Felmey - "Road Less Taken"
2. Robert Pilkington
3. Sue Eberhart
1. Weston Williams - "Tangled Web"
2. Weston Williams
3. Liberty Diaz Hanzer
Honorable Mention - Christian Davis
1. Sara Figurski
2. Nishant Carr
3. Jeremiah Davis
Honorable Mention - Jeremiah Davis