Mass Audubon 2012 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Release Date:
November 29, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon’s annual photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, attracted photographers from across the state and beyond who entered more than 2,000 images—each one an invitation to connect with the nature of Massachusetts.

The Grand Prize winner was Ken Lee of Watertown, who won for his striking photograph of a sandhill crane taken near Mass Audubon’s Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.

The third-annual contest produced remarkable photographs that revealed the immeasurable beauty of the Bay State, from children exploring the shore and birds both in flight and at rest, to sun-dappled trees and pristine waterways half-hidden by lush vegetation.

Lee’s photo was selected from a pool of 18 winners who had taken first place in six subject categories across three experience levels. The subjects included People in Nature, Birds, Other Animals, Plants, Landscapes, and Artistically Modified. Photographers could enter as Professional, Amateur (18 and older), or Youth (under 18).

As Grand Prize winner, Lee will be awarded a $250 gift card to be redeemed at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. Also, his photo will be published in an issue of Connections, Mass Audubon’s member newsletter. The other winners will be awarded $100 Mass Audubon gift cards.

“The hundreds of people who participate in the photo contest not only make personal connections to the natural world, they join a much larger community that values the environment as crucial to our quality of life,” said Laura Johnson, President of Mass Audubon.

“The photographers’ images of birdlife and other species, spectacular landscapes, and family and friends exploring the outdoors should encourage everyone to discover the nature around us,” Johnson added.

View all of the winning images at


Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at