Palouse Audubon Society held its fourth annual amateur photo contest this year from May 1 through July 31 and it was, once again, a huge success!  The three categories for entries included Birds, Other Wildlife, and Other Nature.  Photo entries were accepted only from the region including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  The contest came to an exciting finish on July 31, 2017, as many amazing last-minute entries were received.  A total of 82 captivating photos were submitted to the contest by 20 entrants, including 51 photos in the “Birds” category, 16 in “Other Wildlife”, and 15 in “Other Nature”.  The Winning Photos in each category are shown here.  The “Lazuli Bunting” photo submitted by Mick Thompson was judged to be the overall “Best in Show”.

Some additional exceptional photo contest entries received an Honorable Mention from the judges and are displayed below:

A few excellent photos were, unfortunately, not within the boundaries of the designated geographic region of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and therefore were disqualified.  Awards were presented at the September program meeting.  For the future, one tip from the judges was that photos should be at least 3 Mb in size to produce a good quality photo for judging.

Our sincere thanks to all participants who submitted photos for this contest.  Much appreciation is extended to our three superb photo contest judges, including Becky Phillips, Kevin Pullen, and Gail Ackerman, for their excellent judgement in selecting the winning photos.