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DDWS announces photo contest winners

By Staff | Oct 26, 2010

On Oct. 23, 2010, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) announced the winners of its 23rd annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest at a special Conservation Art Day presentation in the Refuge Education Center.
On Sept. 27, judges had selected 14 winners out of 193 entries — the most entries ever — from throughout Florida, the U.S., and even France and Italy.
First place went to Cindy Ann Jones from Fort Myers for her Sunset with Birds portrait.
Wayne Kliewer of Clinton, N.J., took second place with an image of a white pelican reflected in calm waters. J
In third place was Kristi Price from Safety Harbor, Fla., with her egret photograph, which captured the bird with a sea trout in its beak.
The three winners received cash awards from DDWS at the presentation on Saturday. The winning photographs and 11 honorable mention award entries will be on display in the Refuge Education Center through the end of May.
To view the other top-ranking entries, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org and click on “Photo Contest.”
DDWS and West Wind Inn sponsored the 23rd annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest, part of the “Ding” Darling Days eco-festival on Sanibel Island.
Honorable mentions were awarded to (in alphabetical order): Marianne Bargiotti, Thoiry, France – yellow-crowned night heron; Mike Dougherty, Clarkston, Mich. – yellow-crowned night heron; Jim Hamilton, Potomac, Md. – red-bellied woodpeckers; Miguel Hnatow, Sanibel – yellow-crowned night heron; Tom Korbutt, Bluffton, S.C. – white Ibis; James Munson, Kalamazoo, Mich. – tri-colored heron; Liz Noffsinger, Milford, Ohio – reddish egret (white morph); Michael A. Pancier, Miami Lakes, Fla. – roseate spoonbills; Rick Shultz, Cape Coral – snowy egret; Don Thompson, Indianapolis – Halloween pennant dragonfly; Harold Wagle, Fort Myers – roseate spoonbill