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Photo Contest & Gathering

We Have Our Winners!

The votes are in - view the winning submission from each category below, all four of which are soon to be displayed in our pavilion until next spring! We'd like to thank everyone who entered photos, we loved seeing and sharing the talent that exists in our community!

Congratulations to the photographers and a big thank you to Owen Dunleavy for creating the contest as part of his Capstone Project!

Close-Up: Bumblebee by Blake Pylypshyn

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Landscape: Dusk Swimming by Kai Harris

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Animal: Oriole Looking for a Snack in a Redbud Tree by Mike Pylypshyn

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Grade 8 and Under: Dewdrops in the Sun by Juliana Ericson

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About the Contest

This spring, Woodcock Nature Center is running a friendly photography contest with the goal of bringing photographers of all ages together and helping them share their work!

The contest and the gathering are being held as part of a capstone project by 8th grade student and photography lover Owen Dunleavy.

The theme of the contest is "Nature in Spring", and you can enter photos into three different categories - landscapes, closeups, and animals. 

Submissions will be open through Wednesday May 3rd at 5pm. After submissions close, a period of online voting will take place between May 4th and 15th.

About Owen's Capstone Project

As mentioned above, this contest and event are a part of 8th grade student Owen Dunleavy's capstone project. Enjoy a message from Owen below as well as some helpful videos he created for anyone who may be new to photography!

My name is Owen Dunleavy and for my 8th grade Capstone Project I am running a photo contest to raise money for Woodcock Nature Center and to encourage people to get out in nature and take photos. So get your camera and head outside! For some tips on camera and nature photography basics, have fun viewing these videos I created as part of my project!

Camera Basics and Tips

Photographing Landscapes

Close-up Photography

Email Tommy at with any questions.

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