I made hashmarks for each photo — with photographers anonymous — that our staff voted for in the fall photography contest at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Five hashmarks for his or her No. 1 pick, four for the No. 2 pick, three for No. 3 and so on.
When the votes were in, I double checked to see if that photo really was the winner. I was surprised not because I hadn’t voted for the winning photograph but because this was the third contest that this photographer has won.
He also won in the spring 2017 contest with a photograph of a downy woodpecker.
And in the spring of 2016 with a hot pink petunia.
All of the entries this fall were from adults, and subject matter ranged from a fat squirrel to colorful avian creatures to sunsets to butterflies. We welcome nature-related entries from all ages to our photography contest, which is held bi-annually. The next contest entries will be due Sunday, April 1, and more information will be released prior to that contest.
An online contest for a People’s Choice photograph is also going on at the Dickinson County Nature Center Facebook page. Make sure to stop by to vote! The winner of that award will be announced Friday, Sept. 15.