The following information was provided by Mass Audubon:
Mass Audubon’s annual photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, attracted photographers from across the state and beyond who entered more than 2,000 images—each one an invitation to connect with the nature of Massachusetts.
The Grand Prize winner was Ken Lee of Watertown, who won for his striking photograph of a sandhill crane taken near Mass Audubon’s Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley.
The third-annual contest produced remarkable photographs that revealed the immeasurable beauty of the Bay State, from children exploring the shore and birds both in flight and at rest, to sun-dappled trees and pristine waterways half-hidden by lush vegetation.
Lee’s photo was selected from a pool of 18 winners who had taken first place in six subject categories across three experience levels. The subjects included People in Nature, Birds, Other Animals, Plants, Landscapes, and Artistically Modified. Photographers could enter as Professional, Amateur (18 and older), or Youth (under 18).
As Grand Prize winner, Lee 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.
“The hundreds of people who participate in the photo contest not only make personal connections to the natural world, they join a much larger community that values the environment as crucial to our quality of life,” said Laura Johnson, President of Mass Audubon.
“The photographers’ images of birdlife and other species, spectacular landscapes, and family and friends exploring the outdoors should encourage everyone to discover the nature around us,” Johnson added.
View all of the winning images at www.massaudubon.org/picturethis.