Presenting the Winners of

Orange Audubon Society's 2017

Kit & Sidney Chertok Florida Native Nature Photography Contest

 

Co-sponsored by Colonial Photo & Hobby    


All photographs are © copyrighted by the individual photographers and may not be duplicated.

Orange Audubon Society's 2017 (29th Annual)

Chertok Nature Photography Contest

 

Featured an OPEN competition with three categories: Advanced Amateur/Professional, Novice,

and  Youth competition.

Theme: Florida's Native Nature

All winning images are presented below:

 

Category: Advanced Amateur/Professional

 


First Place: The Embrace – Royal Terns

Locale where photographed: Indian Shores

Photographer: Peter Brannon, Tampa

Member St. Pete Audubon Society

 

 


Second Place: Nest Building—Passing the Stick – Great Egrets

Locale where photographed: Gatorland

Photographer: Tim Barker, Orlando

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Third Place: Barred Owlet Peeking

Locale where photographed: Sebastian

Photographer: Jim Urbach

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: I Got It – Belted Kingfisher

Locale where photographed: Sebastian

Photographer: Diane Chenault-Parke, Orlando

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: A Lizard’s New Skin – Green Anole on Ragweed

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Jennifer Hew, Apopka

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Last Words – Reddish Egret

Locale where photographed: Ft. De Soto

Photographer: Peter Brannon, Tampa

Member St. Pete Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Spring is in the Air – Least Terns

Locale where photographed: St. Augustine

Photographer: Robert Van Mierop, Palm Coast

 

 


Honorable Mention: Three Little Owlets – Eastern Screech Owls

Locale where photographed: Withlacoochee State Forest

Photographer: Marina Scarr, Sarasota

Member Sarasota Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Making a Beautiful Noise – Eastern Meadowlark on Broom Sedge

Locale where photographed: Joe Overstreet Road

Photographer: Joyce Stefancic, Clermont

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Cigar Orchid Dreaming by Moonlight

Locale where photographed: Everglades National Park

Photographer: Prem Subrahmanyam, Altamonte Springs

 

 


Honorable Mention: The Eagle Eye – Bald Eagle

Locale where photographed: Palatka

Photographer: Robert Van Mierop, Palm Coast

 

 


Honorable Mention: A Birder’s Nightmare – Great Blue Heron and Female Red-winged Blackbird

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Jennifer Hew, Apopka

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Incoming Scrubby – Florida Scrub-Jay

Locale where photographed: Rockledge

Photographer: Robert Van Mierop, Palm Coast

 

 


 

 

Category: Novice

 


First Place: Sleeping Beauty – Cattle Egret

Locale where photographed: Gatorland

Photographer: Sharon Reed, Altamonte Springs

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Second Place: Splash Down – Least Tern

Locale where photographed: Ft. Desoto

Photographer: Sharon Reed, Altamonte Springs

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Third Place: Unusual Brown-eyed Beauty – Burrowing Owl

Locale where photographed: Cape Coral

Photographer: Terry Godbey

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: White Plumes – Great Egret

Locale where photographed: Gatorland

Photographer: Caitrine Hellenga, Orlando

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Mirror, Mirror – Pied-billed Grebe

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Debra Harper, Orlando

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Beauty in Reflection

Photographer: Pam Clark, Orlando

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 

 


Honorable Mention: Aggressive Snacking – American Alligator and Great Blue Heron

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Mary Lander, Apopka

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Roseate Spoonbill Splashing

Locale where photographed: Ding Darling Refuge, Sanibel Island

Photographer: Subra Narayan, West Lafayette, IN

Member Sycamore Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Okay, Now What? Anhinga

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Angela Tribble, New Smyrna Beach

 

 


 

 

Category: Youth

 

First Place: Give a HOOT!  Barred Owl

Locale where photographed: Orlando

Photographer: Alayna Hew, Apopka

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Second Place: Spot Among Spots – American Bullfrog

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka

Photographer: Mason Theurer, Kissimmee

Member Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

 

 


Third Place: Conspicuous – Leucistic Eastern Gray Squirrel

Locale where photographed: Lake Tohopekaliga

Photographer: Mason Theurer, Kissimmee

Member Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Heron at the Beach – Great Blue Heron

Locale where photographed: Anna Maria Island

Photographer: Perla Llabona, Orlando

 

 


Honorable Mention: Thistle in the Glades – Purple Thistle

Locale where photographed: Everglades National Park

Photographer: Perla Llabona, Orlando

 

 


Honorable Mention: Ornate Pennant

Locale where photographed: Keystone Heights

Photographer: Lillian Frazer, Orlando

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Warbler on a Stick – Black-throated Blue Warbler

Locale where photographed: Mead Botanical Garden

Photographer: Avery Chan, Oviedo

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Born to Fly – Limpkin Chick

Locale where photographed: Circle B Bar Reserve
Photographer: Alayna Hew, Apopka

Member Orange Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Eye-to-Eye – Black-crowned Night Heron

Locale where photographed: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photographer: Hank Tushek, Gettysburg, PA

Member South Mountain Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Flick of the Tongue – Peninsula Ribbon Snake

Locale where photographed: Orlando Wetlands Park

Photographer: Mason Theurer, Kissimmee

Member Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

 

 


Honorable Mention: Unamused Turtle – Wood Duck and Peninsula Cooter

Locale where photographed: Silver River

Photographer: Mason Theurer, Kissimmee

Member Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

 

 



 

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