Mass Audubon Announces Winners of Annual Photo Contest
Statewide Competition Attracts More Than 2,000 Images from Almost 700 Photographers
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA— More than 2,000 images poured into Mass Audubon offices in response to its fourth-annual statewide photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, guaranteeing the selection of winners for the 2013 competition would be the toughest yet.
But after reviewing each entry submitted by the almost 700 participating photographers, Mass Audubon judges found their winners including the Grand Prize Winner: an image of bare-limbed birches against the backdrop of a salt marsh illuminated by a late-afternoon sun.
The photograph was taken by Wakefield photographer and longtime Mass Audubon member Paul Mozell at Mass Audubon’s Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. “That is such a beautiful place,” Mozell said. “I remember scrambling around to find the perfect place to set up my tripod, racing to get some good images before the sun set.”
Mozell’s photo was chosen from a selection of 10 winners by photographers competing in “18 and Older” and “Under 18” age levels and across five subject categories: People in Nature, Birds, Other Animals, Plants and Fungi, and Landscapes. Another 11 images earned Honorable Mention status.
Each entrant was allowed to submit up to five photographs, which had to be taken in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp, located in Rindge, New Hampshire. The contest, which attracted participants of all abilities, ran from April through September.
The photo contest is one more way for the regional environmental leader to help members and the public view nature as key to our collective quality of life, Mass Audubon President Henry Tepper noted. “In only its fourth year, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors has already become a popular statewide photo contest, as well as a terrific way for people of all backgrounds to connect with the outdoors, and be inspired by the natural beauty of Massachusetts,” Tepper said.
As photographer of the Grand Prize winner, Mozell 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 and Honorable Mention photographers will receive $50 gift cards.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.