Out of 133 total entries, 24 images from GNPA members were selected last month to be displayed at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in the third annual OIWC-GNPA Photo Contest. Six photos were honored in each of four categories: Coastal Nature, Black & White, Digital Fine Art, and Found at Oatland Wildlife Center.

All 24 selected images are framed and on exhibit at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

The entries were judged by Horace Hamilton and Eric Bowles, both of whom are veteran photography judges and also past presidents of GNPA.

Here are the winners:

Coastal Nature Category

First Place AND Best In Show: Egan’s Creek (shown above), by Gary Bowlick
Second Place: Breakfast Catch, by Robbie Medler
Third Place: White Egret Preening, by Jackie Bedell
Honorable Mention: Sandhill Crane at Sunset, by Jeff Kingsfield
Honorable Mention: Green Heron Express, by Ken Dunwoody
Honorable Mention: Palmetto Frond and Curl, by Robbie Medler

Black and White Category

First Place: Art by Wind (shown above), by Tammy Cash
Second Place: Southern Swamp, by Jacqueline Bedell
Third Place: Osprey over the Moon, by Ken Dunwoody
Honorable Mention: Water Line, by Stephen Weiss
Honorable Mention: Anole Shadow, by Morey Gers
Honorable Mention: Phinizy Landscape, by Angela Minter

Digital Fine Art Category

First Place: Singing in the Rain (shown above), by Thomas Yackley
Second Place: Cypress Reflections, by Jacqueline Bedell
Third Place: Nest Building, by Robbie Medler
Honorable Mention: Suwannee River, by Lynne Daley
Honorable Mention: Sky Underfoot, by Mikki Dillon
Honorable Mention: Perched, by Traci Dickson

Found at Oatland Island Wildlife Center Category

First Place: Bald Eagle Profile (shown above), by Rick Lott
Second Place: Portrait of a Wolf, by Sara Aspy
Third Place: Moss Draped Oak, by Lynne Daley
Honorable Mention: Starfish, by Marti Shriver
Honorable Mention: Intensely Focused, by Susan Lutz
Honorable Mention: Oatland Deer, by Morey Gers

All of these photos will be on display in the fine art gallery just outside the Gift Shop in the Welcome Center at Oatland Island Wildlife Center until September 30, 2021. Visitors are currently required to schedule their time at Oatland Island Wildlife Center through the site’s online web page.

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