This winter, BCAS will be hosting the National Audubon Photography Contest Winners! Selected from over 7,000 entries—submitted from all 50 states, DC, and Canada—the winning photos were published in the May-June 2016 issue of Audubon magazine. A panel of five judges had the daunting task of sifting through the stunning images and grading them based on technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.
Not only can we appreciate the beauty of each photo, we can appreciate the difficulty in getting these pictures for the photographers – not because they had to travel, or wait patiently for the bird to show itself, but because half of the species in the winning and honored photos are birds that are threatened or endangered due to climate change! Over 300 bird species in North America are on the brink of disappearing due to habitat loss and shifting climates that affect their migration patterns and food resources.
When photographers take the time to track down these animals and capture their beauty on camera, it allows the whole world to see and appreciate them. Without education, which the photos provide, people can’t understand and be able to take action to improve the world for these valuable species. Many times, preserving the animals in real life starts by preserving them through a photo. More directly, many scientists that research animal populations rely on people with cameras to take pictures of animals, such as birds, in the wild to help monitor those species. These citizen science projects don’t have to be done by professionals. Anyone with a camera and a wish to help maintain the biodiversity that they love can help to preserve and create a better understanding of animals and their lives.
Viewing these photos can give you a better look into the behavior of some bird species. In the upcoming display you can view images of songbirds wreaking havoc on much larger raptors, couples dancing in the throes of courtship – the spectrum of performances is near infinite! Even though this exhibit will only feature a few photographs, you can view the top 100 photos that the judges received here! The exhibit will also have a few of our taxidermy birds next to some of the photos to help visitors get a better idea of the bird’s actual size, coloration, and majesty.
The photographs will be on display starting on January 26th and will stay up until February 16th, so be sure to visit us during that time! We are located at 2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope PA, 18938 and are open Monday-Friday from 10am-4:30pm.
Join us on Friday, January 27th for our Opening reception, Photography Lecture, and Wine Tasting with Sand Castle Winery! Tickets to this reception, lecture, and tasting is $15/BCAS Members and $20/Non-Members and can be purchased online here!
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