Posted by boston.com December 17, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Mass Audubon:
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 that 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 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
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.
To enjoy a photo gallery of the Grand Prize Winner, other winning images, and Honorable Mentions, please visit www.massaudubon.org/picturethis