Photography contest entry deadline is June 30

Photo submitted to Times Observer The deadline for submitting entries to Audubon Community Nature Center’s 2019 Nature Photography Contest is Sunday, June 30. Your entry in the category of Naturally Funny, Field Guide Worthy, or Naturally Beautiful could win a cash prize and be on exhibit August 7 to 10 during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, N.Y. The 2018 finalist pictured here, “The World Ahead,” was taken by Polly Weldon of Jacksonville, Fla.

You still have time to take a fresh picture or chose one from your collection that could be a prize winner in the 2019 Nature Photography Contest presented by Audubon Community Nature Center of Jamestown, N.Y.

Sunday, June 30, is the deadline for submitting your entry that could earn a cash prize and be exhibited during a major festival.

Audubon’s 2019 contest has three diverse categories inspired by its own hometown celebrities.

Jamestown is the birthplace of Lucille Ball and home to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the National Comedy Center. In tribute to the First Lady of Comedy, one of the 2019 Nature Photography Contest categories is Naturally Funny: Wildlife photos that make us smile or laugh.

Jamestown is also the birthplace of Roger Tory Peterson and home of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History. In honor of the premier naturalist of the 20th Century and the more than 50 Peterson Field Guides, the second contest category is Field Guide Worthy: Photos that could be used for identification in a field guide.

The third category is an opportunity to let the world see where is home to you by entering Naturally Beautiful: Show us the beautiful landscapes where you live.

Winners in both the Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) and Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) divisions in all three categories will each receive a $200 cash prize.

Audubon will print the winning photographs plus 12 finalists for exhibit in the 3rd on 3rd Gallery in downtown Jamestown during the month of August.

In addition to viewing the exhibit, visitors to the August 7 to 10 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will want to experience the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and explore Audubon Community Nature Center.

Winner and finalist photographs will also be displayed indefinitely on the contest website. Winners will be named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their local media, when known.

Mark Kirsch, a working photographer, and high school and college photography instructor, will judge the entries.

Full details of the competition, as well as images of previous winners and finalists, can be found at ACNCPhotoContest.com.

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