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 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 www.massaudubon.org.