2017 Nearby Nature Photo Contest Winners

  • 1st Land and Water. "Potomac Moon Rising" by Allen Melson

Congratulations to our 2017 winners, and thanks to all who submitted photos to our 4th Annual Nearby Nature Photo Contest!  The contest featured two categories for adults and one for youth. The slider above shows the winning photos. For a look at the winners and finalists, click here to see our Google Gallery.

The Adult winners are:

The Land and Water Around Us:
1st:  Allen Melson, Potomac Moon Rising
2nd: Brian Smith, Bald Eagle and Baltimore Oriole
3rd: (tie)
Edward Episcopo, Green Heron at Huntley Meadows Park
Steve Vickers, Whirlpool

Urban Nature:
1st:   Mark S. Jones, overtaken #1
2nd: Sherry Schellenger Parker, Monarch Wonder
3rd: David Di Fiore, Mirror Image

The Youth Winners are:

1st:   Dallas Hughes, Trio
2nd: Aidan McCarthy, Wood Frog
3rd: (tie)
Rudha Fareed, Crunch
John Rippey, First Frost


Special thanks to our judges:
  • Ray Foote, executive vice president of the National Forest Foundation, and advisory board member of Scenic Virginia.
  • Bob Wick, wilderness specialist for the Bureau of Land Management and stationed in Sacramento, CA. He services as BLM’s unofficial landscape photographer.


Many thanks to our prize donors!!

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